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City leaders call on Amazon to reconsider Rochester

February 14, 2019 10:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and others objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives promised to the company.

However, News10NBC learned city leaders, along with Congressman Joe Morelle, hope to make a second pitch to the e-commerce giant. 

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But, whether Amazon will give Rochester another look is still a big question mark.

One of the big strikes against us is that there are no direct international flights overseas.

We also would have a hard time filling the large workforce the headquarters requires, which is why our city joined forces with Buffalo in our pitch to Amazon. 

City leaders tell News10NBC they're going to try anyway because losing more than 25,000 jobs is an enormous loss for the entire state.

"It's not just an issue of jobs leaving, it's the money that would have been invested here, opportunities for kids in New York City colleges, high school kids, funding for schools, the whole spectrum," said Bob Duffy, CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

"We would like them to reconsider coming to NYS as a city that's surrounded by 19 colleges and universities," said Mayor Warren. "We not only have the talent here, the people here, and the ability to meet their needs if they relocate here." 

The other big concern raised by this move is what it says to other companies potentially thinking about relocating to New York state.

Watch the video below to hear from George Conboy, chairman of Brighton Securities, about what this loss means for the state of New York. 

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