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Think Tank Next Week Will Discuss Amazon’s Impact on NYC Jobs, Traffic, and Business

If you’re still looking for the details on Amazon’s new expansion into NYC – there’s a think tank next week that will discuss Amazon’s impact on NYC jobs and traffic, put on by the group Tech2025.

Taking place on January 30th, from 6 to 8 pm at the Williamsburg Hotel (tickets are still available), the event has three important segments that are going to be discussed at length. Discussions include the details on how NYC won Amazon, a report on how other small businesses survive, and a section on how this move will impact Queens and it’s neighborhoods.

As New York applied to Amazon Bill de Blasio said, “We see this as a competition for 50,000 new job openings–jobs we want New Yorkers to land. We won it based on the talent of our workers and the incredible diversity of industries in this town.”

The first part of the presentation will feature speaker Justin Kreamer, Vice President of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the group that submitted the original bid letters to Amazon.

Many New Yorkers have raised legitimate concerns since NYC won the bid to open a second Amazon headquarters in Queens. New Yorkers everywhere are already suffering from a boom in rent prices thanks to the gentrification of several neighborhoods, and many Queens residents are worried their communities will become like those in Northern Brooklyn.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a series of Tweets in the days following the announcement, starting with this one: “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

According to Vox, the officials involved in landing the Amazon deal — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Alicia Glen, the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, who all wanted the deal to go to NYC, say that New Yorkers against this expansion “aren’t looking at the facts.”

Tech2025 is attempting to shed some light on the deal and discuss the economic impacts and the “facts” on the deal. With real examples and studies from the neighborhoods around the country that have already been given an Amazon (store or other expansions), the group will look at the effects and see what small business owners and residents throughout Queens can do to stay afloat.

There’s already a bid from state Assemblyman Ron Kim to cancel the Amazon contact – although it isn’t expected to get too much traction.

Amazon has already established a presence in NYC, with a sizeable office in the city and plans to introduce an Amazon Go store right in the heart of Westfield Mall, right next to the World Trade Center on the Lower East Side.

Other featured speakers at the Amazon Think Tank event include Nick Nickitas, the CEO of RosieTom Grech,  the Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of CommerceOriana Medlicott, the AI Ethics Strategist and Research Facilitator at Tech 2025, and Charlie Oliver, the CEO at Tech 2025.