Amazon.com Inc plans to set up a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, after being rejected in New York, when the first test will be met when local officials vote for a Saturday on a proposed $ 51 million financial package. .
In November, Amazon chose National Landing, an area owned by Arlington County and Alexandria, just outside Washington, along with New York for its so-called HQ2 or other headquarters.
It followed a year-long search where hundreds of municipalities, from Newark, New Jersey, to Indianapolis, competed for the coveted tax dollars and high pay jobs the project promises.
In February, Amazon broke scrap plans to build part of its second headquarters in New York after opposition from local leaders, upset by incentives promised by state and city politicians.
While the opposition in Arlington remains decisive, the poll has become the police ical spotlight between the project's follower and activist opponents. It has given local activists the opportunity to push for a delay, so that the county's proposals can be reviewed and discussed further.
A panel of five members of the Arlington County Board will decide whether Amazon will receive an estimated $ 51
Amazon has also been offered a $ 750 million package by the state that Virginia General Assembly approved with little opposition.
The scene at Saturday's voice is probably different. It is expected that at least 100 members from local activist groups will participate.
Protests are expected to start at least one hour before the poll comes to a hearing at. 1pm EST, Reuters has learned from workgroups.
The $ 51 million includes a controversial direct financial incentive or cash support of $ 23 million to Amazon over 15 years, which will be collected from tax on Arlington hotel rooms. The contribution is conditional on Amazon occupying six million square meters of office space during the first 16 years.
Arlington has also offered to invest around $ 28 million over 10 years of future property tax revenue rather than infrastructure and headquarters open space.
A filing on the County Board's website says it's the $ 23 million grant, and $ 28 million in strategic public infrastructure investment was "contributing to Amazon choosing Arlington for its headquarters."
A spokesman for the county refused to comment.
Arlington County Chair Christian Dorsey has stated that he had "no interest" in postponing the vote, had not heard any suggestion to do so from other board members, and expected the move to pass.
Amazon's 25,000 new jobs will help offset more than 34,000 jobs Arlington has lost since 2003 due to federal agency bars and other factors, helping to diversify the local economy, said company spokeswoman Jill Kerr. "Our $ 2.5 billion investment will generate more than $ 3.2 billion in tax revenue that can be spent on public services."
Activists from For Us, not Amazon, a coalition of nine working groups and green organizations working in areas like minority lawyer, are not convinced.
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Roshan Abraham, an organizer from Our Revolution Arlington, a coalition leader, said his group wants Amazon to engage in society more, hold public hearings on company investments, address rising housing costs, displacement of low-income families near the proposed area and donating to affordable housing funds.
"What we are very worried about is that Amazon has met behind closed doors, on invitation events, but port" met the community in a public, accessible manner, "he said.
Amazon said it has met many community leaders and residents including local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community and community associations and will continue to engage with them as it expands its presence in Arlington.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Richard Chang) a