Indy Chamber President Michael Huber said the local bid package was “one of two that were personally handed to Jeff Bezos” by the Amazon team. The chamber is now repurposing some of the materials from the package for more economic development efforts.
The Lebanon City Council Monday night approved a tax break valued at $1.3 million for U.S. Corrugated Inc., which plans to open a 470,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
It’s unclear what Amazon might consider as a Plan B if the New York project falls through.
The mayor and Indianapolis’ economic development agency said their negotiations with companies this year resulted in 74 relocation or expansion deals leading to pledges of 13,320 new or retained jobs.
Amazon stands to get nearly $2.5 billion in tax breaks and other incentives as part of its deals to open up two new East Coast offices and an operations hub in Tennessee.
Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America, but a site-selection expert said Amazon didn’t tell local officials that it was considering creating a 5,000-worker logistics and operations hub. Amazon has picked Nashville, Tennessee, for the hub, which will be the largest economic development deal in the state’s history.
The sites in Long Island City, Queens, and in Arlington, will be a boon for the New York and Washington, D.C., metro areas and highlight Amazon’s willingness to target big labor pools with pricey payroll over smaller markets offering lower costs of living.
Amazon.com Inc. will separate its proposed second headquarters into two locations, and is close to deals with both sites, The New York Times reported Monday.
Keystone Realty Group is in line to receive financing help from the city for an ambitious plan that would overhaul two nearly vacant office properties near Monument Circle and bring a prestigious Intercontinental Hotel to Indianapolis.
Local and national reporters clamored for interviews with Mayor Joe Hogsett about Indianapolis’ chances, but city officials largely kept quiet while forwarding media to the Indy Chamber and influencing messaging behind the scenes.
A Detroit-based hotel operator alleges the authority and the tech company colluded to wrongfully terminate its lease at a 257-room hotel at the airport to make room for Infosys’ high-profile innovation hub development.
An Indianapolis City-County Council panel on Monday night unanimously advanced proposals that would help Duke Realty Corp. move its headquarters from Carmel to a new $28 million office building it would build in Indianapolis.
Using the criteria the internet giant set for its secondary headquarters, IBJ did some digging and reached some conclusions on the city’s fitness for the $5 billion project.
The visit occurred the week of March 19, the same week Amazon officials were reported to have visited Chicago for two days.
A project of this size could actually change Indiana’s per-capita income. It could generate 30,000 spin-off jobs and produce hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue.
The mayor also told IBJ that the city is “prepared to look at anything and everything” that would help it secure Amazon’s planned second U.S. headquarters—as long as any action is fiscally prudent.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said lawmakers could move an incentives bill “expeditiously” to attract Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, if necessary, but he wouldn’t be in favor of doing what Wisconsin did to lure Foxconn.
An Indy Chamber spokesman said Wednesday morning that the bid “has been sent as of last night to arrive ahead of the Oct. 19 deadline.”