New York Adviser Offers North Texas Tips On Gaining, Keeping Big Employers

Christian Powers
April 22, 2019 - 3:25 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The man who helped New York bid for Amazon's HQ2 has some advice for North Texas to keep drawing major employers.

Robert Hess was the adviser to New York State in trying to land Amazon.

Hess says Amazon already has 2,000 employees in New York, but the deal fell apart because New York wasn't ready for newly elected officials like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying "if you don't demystify a new project to a new representative, they'll go off and talk about something that is not relevant. The whole aftercare strategy should have been thought through."

Hess says North Texas can succeed because each city offers something different, and that cities in the metroplex have learned how to send a united message while still talking about how each community has its own identity.

He also says instead of chasing companies like Amazon, North Texas should make sure it's taking care of anchor companies who've already been here for years.