New Bipartisan Effort To Prevent HQ2 Coming To Atlanta

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore wasn’t content to let Casey Cagle work on keeping HQ2 out of Atlanta. She let it know she’s “not the biggest fan” of Amazon setting up shop in Atlanta.

“I just think it will accelerate some of the gentrification and affordability [issues in Atlanta]” President Moore said on WABE’s “A Closer Look” on Thursday (17:07).

Just to double down on the Amazon antagonism, Moore says a city of Seattle head tax that caused Amazon to cancel expanding it’s Seattle HQ is a good thing.

“Seattle has it right. They see what I’m seeing; the impact there will be of a company coming in.

“There’s a lot of pluses but there’s also a lot of minuses.”

Welp. It was fun while it lasted. 

 

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Charlie
Charlie

As will be noted in my column Monday, Georgia has the lowest tax burden (state and local) of any state in the country. Meanwhile, Amazon HQ1 is in jeopardy because Seattle has decided to place additional burdens on job creators in order to continue to import poverty. I’m not worried about anything that has been done yet to change Georgia’s standing for HQ2/1. The fact that we continue to land tech company HQ’s and expansions almost weekly shows that we remain attractive to these sort of site selections. And the City of Atlanta isn’t the only jurisdiction with sites in… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I was just in Seattle on Monday for meetings with a few Amazon folks. HQ1 is not in jeopardy.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To expand on that, the original proposal was a $500 per worker tax that would have continued indefinitely. Amazon (and others) were able to get that down to about $275 and place a 2023 expiration date on the tax. Amazon is aware of the positive and negative impacts their growth has had on Seattle and, while I’m sure they aren’t fans of the tax, they’ve long advocated for better spending on affordable housing and services for the homeless. This is hardly a measure that is going to force Amazon’s headquarters operations out of Seattle.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yeah, my thought was that they’re realists, and that, in a way, Ms. Moore just set the stage for any future negotiations, if they happen. I thought Atlanta was going to impose a “per worker” tax years ago.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’d much rather Atlanta get serious about affordable housing now instead of doing what Seattle, San Francisco, etc. have done and waiting for it to become a crisis.

Gregs
Gregs

I agree with her concerns, however, there are many, many things Atlanta could do to mitigate the minuses. First, the city/state could identify the root cause(s) of the Seattle problem. There is more to gentrification than just Amazon and Starbucks. Second, they could get serious about solving the mobility issue. When people can freely get from point a to point b, there is a lot less need to gentrify. Ridiculous things like the street car don’t count. Third, the problem of homelessness is real and deserves a serious discourse, instead the city spent the last seven years closing shelters. Ms.… Read more »

LTWill
LTWill

I kind of agree with her. Atlanta officials need to get serious about protecting low and middle income residents. Or at the very least get serious about infrastructure in these newly gentrified areas.