Amazon has not yet returned a request for comment from Fox News, but it did tell TechCrunch it is "focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".
A report in the Washington Post says Amazon is considering pulling out of a deal to build its New York City headquarters because of opposition from state and city elected officials who represent the Queens district where the company wants to build.
Amazon executives have held internal discussion to "reassess the situation in NY and explore alternatives", according to the Post.
"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", one person familiar with Amaozn's plans told the Washington Post.
"Chicago was initially considered for Amazon's new headquarters and the economic opportunity is certainly welcome here", Preckwinkle was quoted as saying.
The Washington Post notes that Amazon does not now have specific plans to abandon New York City.
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It's likely the change of heart has to do with the intense backlash against the idea from New York City residents.
Amazon hasn't built any structures nor finalized any land leases in NY as of yet, and likely wouldn't until 2020. "You're not there to play politics, you're there to do what's right for the people of the State of NY and what they did here is wrong". No specific plans have been made to abandon the New York City headquarters so far.
In November, Amazon said it would branch out from its home base in Seattle with plans to create more than 25,000 jobs in two new developments.
Following Friday's Washington Post report, Crain's Chicago Business reported that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had already reached out to Amazon officials asking them to reconsider Chicago as an HQ2 location. But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78".
In addition to raising concerns about the tax breaks given to Amazon, critics have noted that the company has said it would not support employees who seek to unionize. Protestors also disrupted the hearing. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.
Among other things, Amazon said it would hire from "across the five boroughs", offer career training for local residents and bring in over $27 billion in state and local tax revenue that can help "improve subways and buses".
The Legislature and governor would have to sign off on a New York City-only millionaires tax.
In Virginia, the existing large population of highly-paid tech workers means Amazon will fit right in.