Amazon said in a statement Thursday that it is abandoning plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, New York.
“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion—we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture—and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents,” the company said in a statement. Amazon was promised up to $3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives from the city and state of New York. A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose to the company presence in the city. Amazon said the deal would have created more than 25,000 jobs.
In its statement Thursday, Amazon said it intends to continue as planned in Tennessee and in Northern Virginia and has no intention to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. „We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will,” Mayor Bill de Blasio responded.