Waterloo residents welcome the idea Amazon HQ2 coming upstate

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Will Amazon build its second headquarters in upstate New York if plans with New York City fall through? A group of local legislators are trying to make it happen. Waterloo is one of the towns that sits nestled between Rochester and Syracuse, where Amazon could choose to build.

For Seneca County Chamber of Commerce President Jeffrey Shipley, the possibility of Amazon locating its second headquarters to the area will not only give a town like Waterloo more job opportunities but they’ll see a major development in terms of the infrastructure.

“I think we would certainly get a facelift here in Waterloo and the Finger Lakes Region,” said Shipley. “It’ll certainly be something that would be unprecedented. I can’t remember any type of deal like this of this magnitude ever happening in this area.”

He’s been following the amazon developments closely as pushback by influential politicians in the senate and New York City council has apparently left amazon officials to rethink their plans in the big apple.

That prompted Syracuse Senator Robert Antonacci, backed by local leaders, to write a letter inviting Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos to visit the Rochester-Syracuse corridor as a possible alternative.

For local businesses owners like Natural Solutions, the possibility of a major move like this will equal to endless opportunities for mom and pop shops who depend on other funds to keep a float. 

“We could use more people around the area. It’s kind of a small town, we’ve been trying to stimulate it.  Honestly, there are a lot of grants in this area. So Amazon might be able to pick up some of those you know,” said Erica Spencer, owner of Natural Solutions. 

A long time resident News 8 spoke to says there are lots of empty buildings in downtown Waterloo and feels his town has been neglitated. But keeps optimistic if the second headquarters does move in to the region. 

“It seems everything in Albany usually sending everything down to the city and I think it’s about time Albany starts taking care of us up here in Central New York,” said resident Mark Rea. “Like you see, some of these stores around here a lot of empty stores in the area. It’ll be nice if this area starts booming again.” 

If plans move forward in downstate, city and state revenues from Amazon’s new campus are projected to be nearly three billion dollars over 25 years. News 8 reached out to Amazon to ask if they’re considering a visit to our area as a possible alternative, they have yet to respond back. 

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