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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2018

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PA Chamber Expresses Disappointment with Amazon’s HQ2 Decision

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia.


“As the state’s largest business advocacy organization, the PA Chamber works every day to promote policies that will entice businesses to locate, invest and grow jobs in the Commonwealth.  Our prime location, vast resources, world-class educational institutions and strong work ethic are all reasons why we felt that Pennsylvania would have been an ideal location for Amazon’s second headquarters.  However, we have long recognized that there areas for improvement – including the state’s uncompetitive tax structure, legal climate and regulatory environment. 


“Amazon’s decision necessitates a strong examination of Pennsylvania’s overall business climate. We looking forward to working with lawmakers and the Wolf administration on solutions that will improve the Commonwealth’s economic outlook and move the state forward.”


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.