Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

Amazon hires Washington, DC official who participated in HQ2 talks

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/14/18679132/amazon-brian-kenner-hq2-subsidy-washington-dc

Amazon hires Washington, DC official who participated in HQ2 talks

One of the DC government’s top economic development officials, who tried to charm Amazon into building its second headquarters in the District, will be stepping down to work for the tech giant in the coming weeks.

Brian Kenner, DC’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development, helped lead the Mayor Muriel Bowser administration’s “Obviously DC” campaign. The campaign was aimed at tempting Amazon to locate a new headquarters in the DC metro area, using a combination of tax credits and other incentives. The effort ultimately failed, with Amazon initially splitting up its second headquarters between Long Island City in NYC and a Northern Virginia headquarters just outside DC. Months later, New York officials rallied against the deal,…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/14/18679132/amazon-brian-kenner-hq2-subsidy-washington-dc

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