Ally Swartz writes for WAMU, "‘Amazon Doesn’t Need The Money’: In The D.C. Region, Resistance Is Growing To Tax Breaks For HQ2." In this article, she highlights alternative models of community development to Amazon's proposed HQ2:
The office’s director, Reginald Gordon, says his agency has helped connect Richmond residents to jobs at new enterprises like Stone Brewing, which the city and state attracted to Richmond with a $6 million incentives package. Gordon’s office is also taking steps toward what it calls a “social enterprise strategy” to help locals start their own businesses, some of which could be worker-owned. In Cleveland, Ohio, residents have taken community wealth building to the next step, starting a network of cooperatives that serve the city’s universities and hospitals.
At the Our Revolution Arlington meeting at Summers Restaurant, a research director from the Democracy Collaborative extolled the benefits of community wealth building while Arlington County Board member Christian Dorsey sat at a table, listening.