New York State lawmakers have invited Amazon to consider Upstate for its second headquarters after it appeared the New York City proposal was in jeopardy.
Lawmakers suggested moving the proposed headquarters from NYC to somewhere between Syracuse and Rochester.
“Both cities have world-class colleges and universities, providing a rich pool of potential employees to support the Amazon campus,” according to a release issuesd on behalf of the NYS Senate.
Newly-elected Syracuse-area Senator Bob Antonacci said:
It is apparent the obstacles in New York City are going to be difficult to overcome and with all of the resources we have in the Syracuse-Rochester corridor we would hope Amazon would give us a chance to become the home of the new headquarters. We would be willing to work with them to help boost economic and job growth in our region.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) issued the following statement:
In the event New York City rejects Amazon’s relocation, we should make every attempt to bring the potential jobs and needed economic boost to Upstate New York. There is unlimited potential in upstate’s workforce, resources and infrastructure. Because of the vastly different cost structure and greater affordability upstate, it’s possible bringing in Amazon could take place without needing a multi-billion dollar incentive package. This is a move that would be a win for the company, for the region, and for taxpayers.
“All legislators said the details would have to be ironed out and they all look forward to working with the Chamber of Commerce and business leaders from both the Syracuse area and Rochester area along with Cayuga, Wayne, and Seneca County officials but we must begin the process especially in light of the continued obstacles Amazon is facing from New York city-based legislators. If NYC does not want to work with Amazon, we invite Amazon to visit upstate and see all we have to offer,” Upstate Senators say.
A potential of 25,000 new jobs could be created for the area, were Amazon to decide to move Upstate.
Amid reports @amazon is reconsidering its NYC 2nd HQ – Syracuse & Rochester area lawmakers have sent a letter inviting @JeffBezos to tour Upstate and talk about relocating between the 2 cities #LocalSYR @NewsChannel9 pic.twitter.com/RsFxDY4thl— Robert Hackford (@Robert_Hackford) February 11, 2019