Those rivals routinely offer free food and perks in sunny California, seen by many as a better draw than Amazon's relative frugality in rain-plagued Seattle.
Massey said Amazon's will bring "alive" the area, a collection of office and apartment buildings with scattered shopping and cultural activities.
In setting off the flurry of interest, Amazon said it could spend more than $5 billion to build its second headquarters over the next 17 years.
In total, Amazon has been offered incentives worth $US573 million ($794 million) to put the headquarters there.
Instead of building a single second headquarters, Amazon announced Tuesday it would be building two offices.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he'd be willing to change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, "one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in US history".
Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.
Are these the cities that would have benefitted most?
"Informed by our decades working with local residents, businesses and institutions, we have developed a vision for Anable Basin centered around that spirit of productivity and quality of life-one that maintains light manufacturing while also creating public accessibility to a long-shuttered waterfront", the company said in a statement.
Hiring is set to begin in 2019.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive and the world's richest person, privately owns the Washington Post, which has written critical articles about Trump. "I would challenge us to continue to think that way".
The company said in its news release that "economic incentives were one factor in our decision - but attracting top talent was the leading driver". The Washington, D.C. area stood out with a large educated workforce of three million people and a transit system that has plenty of capacity. That includes a cash grant of $23 million over 15 years based on the incremental growth of existing tax on hotel rooms.More news: Meg Ryan engaged to singer John Mellencamp
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At the outset of its search previous year, Amazon said it was looking for a business-friendly environment.
Here are details on the economic incentives Dallas offered Amazon. Tension between Amazon and the city spilled into the public spotlight earlier this year, when the city council approved and then overturned a payroll tax on big employers to pay for affordable housing and programs to fight homelessness.
"We are witness to a cynical game in which Amazon duped NY into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth".
"The state is still operating in the mindset of a New York City from 1980, where we're an economic basket case and we've lost our economic prestige and jobs", said James Parrott, director of the Economic and Fiscal Center at the New School.
"It's not just the Amazon jobs".
Indeed, New York City and D.C.'s extensive public transportation systems and global airports were highlighted by Amazon in their announcement Tuesday.
In its release, Amazon said NY will get more than 25,000 full-time, high-paying jobs, about $2.5 billion in Amazon investment; 4 million square-feet of energy-efficient office space with the chance to expand to 8 million square feet; and an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years.
"We did not want to give away the farm, as the governor said to me, which I think is the right approach", Rawlings said.
Arlington will benefit from the same number of jobs, investment and office space as Long Island City.
After all, New Jersey offered Amazon $5 billion (with another $2 billion from Newark), and Maryland offered $8.5 billion. Amazon will receive $573 million in incentives if it meets the job-creation pledge.
"Our investments are in our people and our infrastructure", Governor Ralph Northam said.