• Amazon gained a huge perk from its HQ2 contest that's worth far more than any tax break

    13 days ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon 's contest for the home of its second headquarters has helped the company score valuable data on land use and development across the United States.
    The proposals that 238 cities submitted to Amazon likely contain details about optimal sites for development, current and future land use and development projects, planned infrastructure investments, and demographic information.
    "Amazon will put that data to prodigious use in the coming years to expand its empire," says Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Washington, DC-based think tank.
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