UPDATED 9:19 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019
Chicago is pushing for Amazon to build its new headquarters in the city, following the company’s decision to drop New York.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker invited the company back to the city Thursday in attempt to convince Amazon to make Chicago the home of HQ2.
The letter stated Chicago and the state of Illinois is focused on supporting business growth and innovation.
Reaching out to Amazon shows there may be less political opposition in Chicago than in New York, where grassroots organizers questioned the company’s corporate practices.
“They could have done this differently and they chose not to. They flipped off the city of New York. That makes me angry. All we are asking was for them to try to be a responsible corporate citizen, that’s it and they told us to go to hell.” — David Mertz, N.Y. Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union
However, Amazon said it will no longer search for a new city, but will expand its workforce at 12 sites around the country instead. This expansion would include the site in Chicago.