Prime pitch: Amazon meets AmoskeagEDITORIAL
October 17. 2017 11:58PM
Manchester would have a lot to offer Amazon if the internet giant chose to locate its second North American headquarters here.
That’s probably not going to happen, but it’s worth a shot.
Local leaders in the private and public sector are joining forces to pitch Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the charms of the Queen City, pointing out the high-tech hub growing in the Millyard, the possibility of expansion at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and a highly-educated workforce.
Amazon is looking for a sweetheart deal from state and local governments, and politicians around the country are offering massive tax breaks. New Hampshire law, rightfully, limits the special treatment favored companies can get from the government.
New Hampshire can offer a low-tax, and increasingly business-friendly, atmosphere for Amazon and other companies to grow. Today at the State House, Gov. Chris Sununu presents the state’s pitch for Amazon to move to New Hampshire.
If elected officials are willing to offer tax incentives, CEOs will surely take advantage of them. But New Hampshire should resist the temptation to join in.
Manchester has proven itself a good place for high-tech firms without playing those games.