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New York City’s loss could be upstate’s gain. There’s a renewed push to bring Amazon to the Rochester area as a deal to put a second Amazon headquarters in the Big Apple may be in jeopardy.

Local leaders are not wasting time trying to convince Amazon to locate its second headquarters to the Finger Lakes Region. 

“It would add to a tax base, it’ll add to regional wealth growth, it would add to so many economic indicators,” said Bob Duffy, CEO of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. 

A letter sent out to Amazon’s CEO typed by Senator Robert Antonacci spells out the benefits it’ll have if Amazon opened up shop within the Rochester and Syracuse corridor. Not only it’ll create 25,000 new jobs, but it stated the area has a low cost of living and operations, sustainable development, and open airspace for drones to test package delivery. 

Senator Chuck Schumer said he suggested Rochester as an option originally to Amazon, during his visit to the Flower City on Monday. 

“I solicited Amazon a while ago to consider Rochester, from what I understand, they’re still focused on New York City,” said Schumer. “But I always try to push Amazon or any company to come to Rochester, it has a great workforce.”

It’s highly unlikely the greater Rochester area will receive the kind of opposition New York City currently faces according to Schumer.  

The Chamber of Commerce said there are many locations within the city that Amazon could move in, for example, the old Xerox Tower. For Rochester resident Omar Fleming, he remains optimistic and says the area needs a major company to move in. 

“Since Kodak and all those places are gone, we need revenue here. It’ll lower the crime rate, give people something to do. It’ll be better for the community overall,” said Fleming. 

Local legislators said the details would have to be ironed out, however, encourages talks to commence in light of the continued obstacles Amazon is facing from New York City-based legislators.  They’ve also invited Amazon developers to visit the area. 

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