This season of The Bachelor: Amazon has ended. Next up may be the season of recriminations.
It has been more than a year since Amazon.com Inc. trumpeted its hunt for HQ2, which was billed as a co-equal company headquarters on which Amazon pledged to spend more than $5 billion on construction and eventually hire as many as 50,000 people. More than 200 places in North America asked Amazon to pick them, some employing gimmicks like trying to send a giant cactus to Jeff Bezos and offering to name part of a town after the company.
Amazons search for an HQ2 which it turned out will be a couple of expanded branch offices in New York City and the Washington area, according to multiple reports was tacky but successful, at least in the short term. Holding a public municipal competition for Amazons affection was a master stroke that generated maximum exposure for the company, delivered it valuable information about cities and states and pitted local governments against one another to extract gains for Amazon.