How to sort through the news about Amazon’s decision to bypass Newark (and 17 other finalists in the H2Q competition) and instead locate its second and third headquarters in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City in Queens, New York?
We posed that question to Aisha Glover, CEO of the Newark Alliance, a local non-profit dedicated to economic revitalization in Newark. Prior to joining the Alliance in October, Glover served as president and CEO of the Newark Economic Development Corporation, where she served as the point person of Newark’s H2Q proposal.
How do you feel about Amazon’s decision to bypass Newark as the location of its second headquarters?
Being selected as a finalist for Amazon’s HQ2 has recharged us and underscored much of the mayor’s economic development strategy. It’s inspired people outside of Newark to take notice of the city and see the things that are going on here — commercially and culturally. The idea is not just how can we attract people and businesses but how can we attract additional resources and investments that benefit existing residents and small businesses.