Amazon galvanized hundreds of cities across the country to woo the tech giant to their area with the promise of 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment. In the end, Amazon announced Tuesday morning it would split its headquarters between two predictable East Coast locations, Long Island City in New York and an area of Arlington, Virginia, just outside D.C. It also announced it would create a new Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville with 5,000 workers.
Despite receiving up to $2.2 billion in performance-based incentives from its three new locations, Amazon stressed that available talent, rather than incentives, was a top priority in its headquarters selection. According to Dallas’ recently-released proposal, the city would have offered Amazon a $600 million incentive to move in its second headquarters with 50,000 employees, plus an additional $10,000 per job from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which would have amounted to $1.1 billion, Dallas News reported.
By contrast, for half the number of workers, Amazon will receive more than $1.5 billion in performance-based incentives for its Long Island City location and $573 million in performance-based incentives for its National Landing location in Virginia.
Still, Rawlings said he believes that incentives were not a key driver in Amazon’s decision, adding that the company told him that its desire to be on the East Coast and need for a strong tech talent pool in the short term drove them to choose Long Island City and National Landing.