In addition, Ohio is the seventh-largest state in the country with easy access to the Midwest and East Coast, “so why not Liberty? Why not Ohio?” Farrell said.
“Everybody believes this is something that has to be in a city environment, and that’s not true,” Farrell said. “The vision … is that the suburb of the future is where these employees, these executives, these engineers want to be. They do want to live-work-play in the same area.”
Amazon is expected to make an announcement on its location choice in February, according to Farrell.
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Liberty Twp. officials, citing a non-disclosure agreement, said they cannot discuss the proposed location for such a project and any incentives offered, he said.
However, documents detailing Amazon’s wants, show that incentives are important, but not the only criteria, according to Farrell.
“Future growth, sustainability and that family-oriented workforce is the future that Amazon desires … and I believe Liberty can offer that future and others aren’t going to be able to,” Farrell said. “I truly believe you don’t become No. 1 by only worrying about incentives. How many companies come into a place with a 10-year tax incentive and then they leave after 10 years to get another tax incentive? That’s not Amazon. That’s not Liberty.”