Amazon may not build a new campus in New York City for 25,000 works after all.
The Internet giant is “reconsidering” its plans due to local opposition, according to The Washington Post.
The news immediately prompted questions about whether the Triangle and North Carolina could get a second chance at the project.
David Rhoades of the North Carolina Department of Commerce said he “personally unaware” of the Amazon news and would have to check out the Amazon report.
Asked if North Carolina would be interested in talking with Amazon again should the company change its New York plans, Rhoades said that the state “would obviously be interested” in talking with any firm that wanted to expand or locate jobs in North Carolina and explore the “business advantages the state offers any company such as our skilled and talented workforce, rich education resources like our universities and community colleges, and things like our transportation and logistics advantages.”
North Carolina remains in the running for a possible Apple headquarters project, but Rhoades had no comment about where that project stands. The state has said Apple remains an “active” opportunity.
Meanwhile, Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said he had heard “nothing” about Amazon.
The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and majority owner of Amazon who ranks as the world’s richest man.
The Post also was among the first media outlets to report in November that Amazon was splitting its second headquarters, or HQ2, project between suburban Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Raleigh and the Research Triangle area were among the finalists for the project.
Two unnamed sources were cited by The Post in the latest story.
“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” one source is quoted as saying.
Virginia and Tennessee politicos moved quickly to embrace the Amazon projects, the one heading for Nashville including 5,000 jobs not related to HQ2.
The Post noted that Amazon has yet to lease or purchase any office space in New York City. New York incentives aren’t expected to be approved until 2020, the Post added.
“Amazon executives have had internal discussions recently to reassess the situation in New York and explore alternatives, said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the company’s perspective,” the Post said.