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Monster e-tailer pulls out of plans for HQ2 in Long Island City, Queens, but Portland will not revive its bid.

COURTESY: AMAZON.COM - A 'banista' serving bananas to staff at Amazon's Seattle HQ. New York City won't be getting HQ2, and nor will Portland be reviving its bid to lure the e-tailer here. has pulled out of plans to establish a second headquarters in New York City.

The company said on its blog Thursday, "After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state- and local-elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term."

The post said that popular appeal and the support of Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio was not enough to overcome resistance by local politicians.

"While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."

Amazon said it will continue expanding in two other key areas named when the big reveal about HQ2 was made in November 2018.

"We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada."

While some cities such as Dallas, Texas, have been ready to jump back into the fray for a second chance to lure Amazon, Portland remains out. Portland's dispersed campus bid, coordinated by Greater Portland Inc., will not be revived.

GPI CEO Janet LaBar said Thursday "We're confident we provided Amazon with the best business case for expanding in Greater Portland. We have no plans to revisit our submission."

In its national search, Amazon was looking for billions of dollars in tax incentives, while the request for proposals promised 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment.

Amazon officials were due to face the New York City council for a third time on February 27, but that is now moot. They were grilled previously by opponents. In contrast, Amazon's plans for a campus in the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington, Va., seems to be going ahead.

Joseph Gallivan
Reporter, The Business Tribune
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