NOTE: over the past months I had started writing a bunch of posts relating to Amazon HQ2 and did not finish any of them. Most of the time I was frustrated. I’ve clearly been vocal be it on the MSP On Deck podcast or quotes in local news stories. All of those are linked below. As I edit this I know I ramble a bit and left some details out but these are the highlights of what I have been thinking about…
What do we do about HQ2
When news first broke about Amazon searching for a location to grow a 2nd HQ’s I became immediately interested. My thought was that this is a once in a career… maybe lifetime (so far for sure) opportunity to change the landscape of a community, city and region.
The first thought I had was there are three options the region had:
- Do nothing
- Be aggressive
- Sell your soul
Do nothing was not an option for me.
I was slightly more than “be aggressive” and not anywhere near “sell your soul”.
No way we let this opportunity to go by. The region needed to make a very strong bid, offer reasonable incentives and really go after this.
And then we read the now infamous quote from Governor Dayton saying the state would be giving a “restrained bid”.
I read that and was upset. I swore out loud.
Restrained??? Why bother.
We learned that Governor Dayton and then Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges reached out to the CEO’s of Target and Best Buy. To do what… get their permission to do their job? Did our elected officials reach out to other companies years ago when Minneapolis gave Target tax breaks to build their new HQ’s in Downtown?