The Briefing Room: Jay Carney on why Amazon chose to do a sweepstakes for its HQ2

Amazon's SVP of global affairs, Jay Carney, explains why Amazon chose to turn its search for a HQ2 location into a nationwide contest.
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Transcript for The Briefing Room: Jay Carney on why Amazon chose to do a sweepstakes for its HQ2
Now that the results are an Bennett's new York and Washington DC. Was it really necessary to hold this sweepstakes across the country. Well absolutely we began. With a completely open mind I promise you that I was in meetings with we're CEO and founder Jeff days us consistently over the course of the year. And you know we deliberated a lot about different options and you know wasn't until recently that we settled on the idea of splitting headquarters in that we. Came to the conclusion that the Washington area Arlington Virginia and in New York City where there. Where our best options but there were a lot of great proposals we we you know we saw. Huge potential a lot of locations across the country especially in the twining. Locations that made our. A finalist list and in fact even during this process we've announced 6000 jobs. In cities they were part of the top morning but didn't make the final two itself that kind of growth is gonna continue I think that we've seen some feedback from places like Miami. Toronto and elsewhere where I just being part of this process has. Elevated their visibility of those cities for the stability of potential. Places protect company investment. And that's been a plus for them and I think they've also seen how they can work together with all their stake what was in their cities to make. Those locations even more attractive for investment so I think. I think there's a lot outside in this process also because we can we planned this out and we did publicly. Yeah we are now making these investments in new York and Virginia. In a way that we you know we can work with those communities. Knowing that we're going to create at least 45000 jobs in implication. And and and we in the communities can help address some of the effects of that growth. In a way that's most beneficial to a community you know a lot of companies including Amazon here in Seattle you know they start small and they grow organically nobody would have predicted that Amazon. Would have 46000 employees in Seattle and they launched in Jeffs arrives. Twenty some years ago. Now we know what we're going to be doing in new York and Washington and we can. Healthy communities plan accordingly and build out accordingly with transportation and education life. Amazon's Jay Carney thanks so much for joining us today Jiang.

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