Tito Jackson says he's hesitant to embrace bid for second Amazon headquarters

Share on

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a candidate for mayor, said he would not put in a bid for Amazon's second

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a candidate for mayor, said he would not put in a bid for Amazon's second headquarters without a thorough analysis that shows a benefit for the city's residents. 

Jackson, who appeared on Boston Herald Radio's "Morning Meeting" show with Jaclyn Cashman and Tom Shattuck, said the brashness of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's pursuit of the Olympics and IndyCar are good examples of why a more deliberate approach is necessary. 

"It is critical that we actually pull back, and not be moved by hype — the hype that got us into the Olympics, the hype that got us into the IndyCar race — and actually look at what’s best for the people of the city of Boston," Jackson said.

"I actually am someone who has experience doing economic development," Jackson said. "And I actually would do an analysis before tossing the city’s hat in the ring. And again, knee jerk reactions meant that we had a mayor that was on the brink of bringing the Olympics here and actually a catastrophe for the Boston economy. Someone who signed off on selling tickets for the IndyCar race, taking millions of dollars of folks money, and we had to have the attorney general step in to make sure that the money was returned. I think that we need to measure several times before we need to cut. This has to be about the long term and not the short term reactions.

"That’s also called leadership and it’s called maturity when it comes to pulling together economic development deals," Jackson added. 

Amazon said last week it was seeking proposals from cities and states in North America for a second headquarters. The company said it is looking for urban centers with a strong university presence, a highly skilled workforce and a stable business climate, and wants to build somewhere with access to public transportation.

Amazon is planning for as many as 50,000 employees at “HQ2,” which could be as large as 8 million square feet by the time construction is completed. The company said it is seeking 500,000 square feet for phase one of the project, and a roughly 100 acre site for phase two.

After the announcement, Walsh told reporters last week that it was early in the process, "but we’re going to look at it.”

But Walsh was hesistant to commit to incentives for the online retailer, unlike the city's deal for General Electric, which was offered $25 million in tax breaks from the city alone. 

"Certainly we’re not going to get into a bidding war with another city with something like this, but we'll look and see if Amazon’s interested," Walsh said.  

    Share on
    Article Tito Jackson says he's hesitant to embrace bid for second Amazon headquarters compiled by www.bostonherald.com

    You might also like