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Long shot: Amazon doesn't pick NH

January 20. 2018 4:21PM

Taylor Caswell, commissioner of Business and Economic Affairs, was joined by Gov. Chris Sununu and Londonderry Town Council Chair Tom Dolan in announcing the state's bid for Amazon HQ2. Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith, behind Dolan, also was present in October. (Dave Solomon/Union Leader)

Since the turn of the century, we've become accustomed to our teams winning, or at least making the playoffs more often than not.

So it was a bit of a disappointment when Amazon left New Hampshire off the list of finalists for its new headquarters.

It was not a surprise.

The 20 locations that made Amazon's playoffs are all much larger urban centers than the Londonderry location in New Hampshire's pitch. Three are in or around Washington, D.C., where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns a house and a newspaper.

It would be fitting if the home of corporate welfare outbid the rest of the country for Amazon's favor.

The Granite State was always a long shot for the internet giant. We simply don't allow the taxpayer-subsidized perks that politicians from other states were offering at the altar of Bezos.

Gov. Chris Sununu says that the work that went into the Amazon bid won't be wasted, since it allowed the Granite State to catalog the attributes that make it an attractive place for other businesses. Wooing firms to relocate or expand in New Hampshire was a central plank in Sununu's campaign.

It would be a shame if the only long-term consequence of the state's long-shot bid for the Amazon headquarters was changing Sununu's mind on the idea of taxpayer-subsidized commuter rail.

We would hope Sununu and Will Arvelo, sworn in last Thursday as the state's new director of economic development, continue to sing the state's praises as a great place to do business.

Meanwhile, Apple announced last week that it is looking for somewhere to build a new corporate campus ...

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