Amazon pens open letter to LIC
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 09, 2019 | 1015 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amazon is starting 2019 with a pledge to New York City.

In an open letter to their “future neighbors,” the e-commerce giant detailed some of the promises they are making to Queens residents.

“The announcement of our new headquarters in Long Island City was the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership between New Yorkers and Amazon,” the letter reads.

At the top of the list is bringing 25,000 jobs over 10 years. Amazon pledged to hire people “of all different education levels,” including New Yorkers for jobs in software engineering, product management, operations, sales and marketing.

They also promised career training for local residents, with a focus on underrepresented communities. Tens of thousands of indirect jobs will be in the construction, buildings services and hospitality fields.

Reiterating a point made by the mayor and the governor, Amazon said it will generate more than $27 billion in state and local tax revenue for New York. These taxes can be used to help improve transportation and build affordable housing, the company wrote.

They also assured that they will receive tax benefits only after fulfilling their job creation promises.

“The way our agreement with New York works, Amazon is eligible for financial incentives only after we make these significant investments and create the jobs,” the letter reads.

Amazon also committed to donating land to build a new public school for 600 students. The company plans to expand “Amazon Future Engineer,” a childhood-to-career program to help underrepresented minority students build careers in science, technology, engineering, math and computer science.

Finally, the company pledges to help small businesses thrive. Amazon noted that its 25,000 new employees will frequent local restaurants, shops and other businesses.

“As we move forward, we pledge to be your partner, and to listen, learn and work together,” the letter reads. “As Long Island City thrives, so will our employees, customers and our partnership with New York.”
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