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Guesses at Amazon HQ2’s incentives in D.C., revealed

Maybe land is on the table for free

The Seattle headquarters for Amazon.
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Currently, there’s no way to know exactly what incentives Washington, D.C., is offering Amazon for the chance to be chosen for their second headquarters, otherwise known as HQ2. Despite this, Washington City Paper has compiled some possibilities.

When it comes to the incentives that have been revealed, those include tax credits per employee and reduced corporate and property taxes. Some of the guesses as to what kind of incentives have been redacted from the public include the possibility that D.C. may be offering Amazon land for free or at a discount, new infrastructure, and waived or refunded taxes. Washington City Paper further reports that there seem to be incentives from private entities that have partnered with the D.C. government.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 6B10 Denise Krepp told Washington City Paper that she thinks the D.C. General shelter site may also be on the table for Amazon at no cost.

In the end, as Washingtonian put it, it’s all a guessing game at this point. Even so, that’s not stopping many journalists from stating that they think D.C. is a strong contender for HQ2. For now, it’s all up in the air.

What’s in Amazon’s Package? [Washington City Paper]

Amazon HQ2 Is a Giant Guessing Game Because We’ve Been Told so Little About What Cities Are Offering [Washingtonian]