"I'm really glad it's coming", said Karla Massey, who works in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington that is part of the new Amazon headquarters area.
But not everyone in NY and Virginia were happy about being chosen to become the spot for the new Amazon headquarter locations.
"Over the last week I've received 50 inquiries on that one property - we hadn't received 50 inquiries over the previous 100 days", said Rasoul, an agent with Mosaic Realty Group.
New York Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim vowed to introduce legislation that would redirect the city's economic development subsidies to buying up and canceling student debt, Splinter News reported, effectively blocking Cuomo from offering taxpayer money to Amazon.
For its headquarters, the company didn't go with the richest offer. "It is unfathomable that we would sign a $3 billion check to Amazon in the face of these challenges".
Amazon officially announced Northern Virginia as a victor for one of its HQ2 locations, along with New York City Tuesday as well. Add in warehouse and delivery jobs, and Amazon already employs roughly 4,000 people in MA, with more coming in the Seaport and elsewhere.
The rally was organized by New York State Sen. The program is capped at $500 million annually statewide among many companies and is available to "such targeted industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical, high-tech, clean-technology, green technology, financial services, agriculture, and manufacturing".
The funds, which have to be appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly, are created to decrease slightly in value if more than 10% of the new hires are focused on federal government contracts.
The city in recent years has used its highly educated workforce to fuel a roaring economy and was widely considered a top contender for Amazon's so-called HQ2.
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UNHCR spokesman Mr Firas Al-Khateeb confirmed this, but added that it had not yet fully resolved the issue despite the tight timeframe.
Amazon - which initially launched a nationwide search for a single, region-transforming campus to supplement its Seattle base- said it made a decision to opt for two sites to gain greater access to brainpower.
- Virginia will spend up to $295 million on transportation projects, including upgrades for the Metro system and a connector bridge from Crystal City to National Airport.
Yet the underlying message from Amazon's two selections is that big tech companies seem not to view housing costs as a barrier for hiring workers. We shouldn't pay Amazon for the privilege of a new office campus.
This is a move that would allow Amazon to recruit from two strong pipelines of talent, not to mention it would ease potential transit and housing issues that would be caused by adding tens of thousands of workers to one area. Virginia got the best deal, offering about half the incentives that NY did for similar benefits.
Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone", a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.
There's another cash grant of $325 million based on the company occupying a certain amount of office space.
In exchange for what Amazon is bringing to Queens, the company will receive $1.525 billion in incentives - about $48,000 for each job.
On Tuesday, top politicians in NY and Virginia cheered the announcement, while property firms reported surging interest in the two neighbourhoods.
"I don't think we would have gotten near that", Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "But instead of bailing out the people here in NY, our own Democratic governor is willing to give-transfer wealth out of NY and give it directly to the pockets of the richest man on the planet?"
Yet over the weekend, open house attendance in Long Island City suddenly tripled as word of Amazon's announcement became public, said Christopher Austad, a real estate broker with Douglas Elliman. The agreement also includes requirements for participation by minority and women-owned businesses in the construction process. The two cities will each get 25,000 jobs that Amazon says will be paid an average of $150,000 a year.