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Corporate Subsidies

February 17, 2019, 7am PST
New York City and State offered up nearly $3 billion in incentives to lure Amazon and its 25,000 high-paying jobs to Queens only to see the tech company cancel their plans after local opposition materialized. Was their retreat too hasty?
The New York Times
February 14, 2019, 9am PST
The AmazonHQ2 circus is packing up and moving to another city.
The New York Times
February 11, 2019, 9am PST
The opposition to the idea of Amazon locating one of its second headquarters locations in New York City has given the company pause, according to a recent scoop.
The Washington Post
April 17, 2018, 5am PDT
If corporations continue to be able to take public subsidy as the price of locating in an area, maybe the debate isn't whether to offer subsidies but simply how and for what to offer them. Here’s one incentive that might actually benefit communities.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
March 13, 2018, 9am PDT
A new plan proposes four round trips from Milwaukee and Racine to Foxconn's proposed Mount Pleasant plant.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
September 19, 2017, 11am PDT
Amazon's second headquarters is huge, and their bias for walkable places says they are going to do it all over again in a new city. However, maybe they should take the high road and not beg for subsidies.
Smart Growth America
September 12, 2017, 9am PDT
With a second headquarters, Amazon is poised to expand its preference for walkable places into a new city. However, maybe the company should take the high road and not beg for subsidies.
Smart Growth America
February 14, 2017, 10am PST
Is it time to re-evaluate the amount of public money utilized to subsidize sports stadiums at the expense of other community needs?
Modern Cities
December 13, 2016, 5am PST
Amazon is placeless. The company doesn't have a physical presence, create jobs, or pay taxes in most of the places where it does business — and it's having a profound impact on the health of cities and towns, a new report finds.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
May 29, 2015, 11am PDT
Eager for downtown development, Kansas City signed a deal subsidizing Cordish Companies to the tune of $295 million. The rejuvenated district should be self-sustaining. So why is the city still funding Cordish?
Next City
September 27, 2012, 2pm PDT
Tax breaks, cheap energy, and investments in infrastructure are among the subsidies often requested of local communities by companies searching for locations for their operations. Edward Alden asks what companies owe in return.
Renewing America