One of the Washington State government's top economic development officials, who tried to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters in the district, will retire to work for the technology giant. in the next weeks.
Brian Kenner, deputy mayor of DC in charge of planning and economic development, helped lead Mayor Muriel Bowser's administrationObviously DCThe campaign was aimed at getting Amazon to set up a new headquarters in the Washington metropolitan area, combining tax credits and other incentives, and efforts ultimately failed, with Amazon having split its second seat between Long Island City in New York City and the North Virginia Headquarters, just outside of Washington, DC A few months later, New York officials opposed the deal, citing outrageous tax incentives and comments. anti-union. forcing the e-commerce giant to abandon his plans and build only in Virginia.
Washington's campaign to woo Amazon has included a program of tax incentives worth $ 488 million and $ 1 billion (until 2024) with accelerated license permissions and a position for Amazon within the largest project support office.
Brian Huseman, Vice President of Public Policy for Amazon, explained that Kenner's hiring was tied to his knowledge and experience of the QG2 process. "Our new headquarters represents an opportunity for us to lay the groundwork for regional collaboration and engagement," said Huseman. "We will rely on Brian Kenner's expertise in the region and economic development to help us do that."
Kenner said that he had been contacted by Amazon about four weeks ago for the position of senior director of the company's policy office in the Washington area.
Despite his connection with the HQ2 campaign, Kenner say it Washington Business Journal On Thursday, he did not participate in "superficial talks with the company" during this period. Despite his claims, the Washington City Paper Last April, he announced that Kenner and Mayor Bowser were invited to a dinner with Amazon executives, while the company was still looking for HQ2 sites. Kenner's ability to go from private to public and then return to the private sector throughout his career a major criticism of Washington and the national grant process as a whole.
Kenner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.