Dec 19, 2017

Amazon places lobbyist in Georgia amid search for HQ2 home

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Jacob Oster, a lobbyist working on behalf of Amazon, has registered with the state ethics commission in Georgia, which is courting Amazon to build its second headquarters — dubbed "HQ2" — in the state, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The backdrop: Georgia is home to the corporate hub of Amazon Web Services and the tech giant is already a big-time employer in the state. But Oster's registration has generated buzz about whether "HQ2" could end up in Georgia. "Amazon's public policy team works on a variety of issues on behalf of our customers in cities and states across the country. This work is ongoing and not related to our search for HQ2," a spokesperson for the company told Axios.

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