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Rich Fitzgerald: Amazon NYC Pullout Good for Pittsburgh

Exclusive: Allegheny County Executive tells Marty Griffin Amazon's decision to drop Queens HQ2 could bring some of those jobs here.

Amazon is dumping plans to build a new headquarters in Queens, New York, something that could be good for Pittsburgh, said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in an exclusive interview with Marty Griffin on his KDKA radio show this afternoon. (refresh your browser if video doesn't appear)

Fitzgerald isn't surprised New York failed to seal the deal, but told Marty that doesn't mean the Pittsburgh region will jump back on the bandwagon to lure the so-called second "HQ2" here -- Pittsburgh was on the list of top 20 finalists. Instead Fitzgerald predicts Amazon will make their presence larger in Pittsburgh and other cities where they already have operations. Amazon employs 3,000+ here, and Fitzgerald says he thinks some of the jobs that would have gone to New York will come to the PIttsburgh region.

"They're going to continue to grow here." Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive

As for why Amazon pulled out of Queens, one two planned east coast headquarters (the other is in Virginia, just outside DC), the company said there was simply too much opposition. Local and state politicians complained that tax breaks and subsidies for the project were too big a giveaway. Residents protested, worried that an influx of as many as 25,000 new workers would increase the cost of living and price them out of their neighborhoods.

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