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Amazon's HQ2 decision starts local firestorms

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Amazon is caught in a surprise grassroots battle with local critics who are furious that it's been promised billions of taxpayer dollars to put jobs in New York, Arlington and Nashville, the winners of its search for a second headquarters.

Why it matters: Amazon won the top-down battle, with support from governors, mayors and economic development organizations. But it’s now confronting bottom-up outrage from activists and local lawmakers who were cut out of the bidding process.

Google to spend $1 billion to expand in NY

An existing Google New York office
An existing Google office in New York. Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Google announced Monday it plans to spend $1 billion and lease three new properties as it expands its New York City presence.

The bottom line: With the new investment — and the $2.4 billion purchase of Chelsea Market earlier this year — Google says it will have the capacity to more than double its New York workforce, already at more than 7,000 workers.

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