You think Amazon doesn't know about the soda tax? You think Bezos doesn't wonder what will happen if Kenney wakes up one morning, decides Amazon makes too much money, as he did with soda manufacturers, and decides to drop a specially designed tax on the Big A?
If you hadn't heard, Philadelphia really, really wants to land Amazon's second headquarters, and it's leaning on local celebrities to seal the deal.
Moody's Investment Services says Philly has a decent chance to land Amazon's HQ2.
Amazon's decision will be transformational for that city, and not only because of the tens of thousands of good new jobs. The company's presence is sure to be the catalyst for growth in other high-flying, innovate technology companies.
New Jersey plans to offer Amazon a package of incentives that include $7 billion in potential tax credits.
Bristol joins Bensalem Township in announcing a bid for the Amazon campus.
County and municipal officials presented two sites that they believe could serve as viable locations for the e-commerce giant: the sprawling Chester City waterfront and nearly 1 million square feet of open and redevelopable land in Middletown Township, seven miles away.
The kind of public funding Amazon seeks is good for the companies that get it, and good for the politicians who garner political support by handing it out. But it takes years for the real costs of these deals to become apparent.
As the city puts together a pitch to entice Amazon to locate its HQ2 - and up to 50,000 jobs - to Philadelphia, one massive potential site is possibly being overlooked.
Amazon described public transportation and highway access as a priority in its request for proposal, and the city believes Philadelphia can meet the demand.
The site being pitched for the company is an area known as the Riverfront Revitalization District.
Your proposal smartly expressed a desire for the trinity of great urbanism: density, walkability, diversity. Of all the metropolises on the Northeast Corridor, none offers a better version of the urbanist mix, at a more affordable price, than Philadelphia.
Leaders think the three tracts will be a draw for the company as it seeks a site that can smoothly accommodate an expanding corporate campus.
Among other things, it would tinker with how power is brokered, and how business is done, around here.
With a population of more than 6 million, the Philadelphia metropolitan region is the seventh largest in the country. In addition to our strength of size, John Fry says, no region can top the robust pipeline of talent coming from our many colleges and universities.
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, bitter rivals in many spheres, will compete to land Amazon's proposed giant new headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it will create. Pittsburgh has more state political juice. Will it matter?
National pundits are guessing where AmazonHQ2 may end up. Philly is in the running. Where does it rank?
Every population center in the country wants Amazon's second headquarters, and our normally friendly rivals to the west resorted to a smear campaign.
The scale of Amazon.com Inc.'s undertaking is unlike anything in recent memory. The only thing comparable would be cities bidding for the Summer Olympics.
The new home, Amazon said, will be "a full equal" to Seattle, a second headquarters. Executives will have the choice of placing their groups in either city, or both.
Bringing Amazon's second HQ to Philadelphia would mean jobs but also unaffordable housing and dorky tech dudes. Do we really want this?
Amazon will expect incentives from the city it picks for its new headquarters. Let's stay clear-eyed about what we offer.
Philadelphia checks off many of the boxes Amazon is looking for in its search for its second corporate headquarters. It might not be enough to lure the tech giant.
It's more about presenting Philadelphia than promoting the city.
Look, I'd be thrilled if Amazon came here. But we're not suckers in Philly. There are strings attached. Big ones, when it's a billion bucks.
Wisconsin's proposed $3 billion in tax breaks for Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group to open a U.S. plant there served as a model in for Pennsylvania leaders in their discussions.
The online retailer brought jobs and tax dollars but also aggravated growth pains.
There are so many questions surrounding Amazon's desire for a second headquarters. Here are a few answers.
Camden's struggles should be seen as an asset, not a liability, in the competition for 50,000 Amazon jobs.
Doc to Bezos: Philly labor "more than happy to accommodate" Amazon projects - forget the "antiunion propaganda."
Amazon has created a competition among cities worthy of reality TV, and dozens of regions are vying for its hand.
Considering the costs of labor, office rents, electricity and taxes, Philadelphia costs are not much higher than in the typical American city. D.C.'s cost structure is about 20 percent higher. New York's? A whopping more than 60 percent higher.
"Talent is the dominant factor" in the retail/tech giant's search for a new headquarters city, says corporate-location adviser John Boyd.