Nov 7, 2017
Jon Wile is vice president of content for American City Business Journals, which operates 43 business newspapers and websites across the United States, including the award-winning Milwaukee Business Journal. Wile oversaw a nine-month investigation by all of ACBJ's newsrooms to document the systematic expansion of Amazon.com, from Class A office spaces in the nation's largest cities to former cornfields and barren industrial spaces long abandoned by industries of old. The company's growth, while massive in scope, has hinged on negotiations with local officials, deals with local real estate developers and tax breaks blessed by local municipalities in excess of $1.2 billion. The series of stories identified where this Seattle-based company's unrelenting expansion might be headed, including the massive competition underway for its second headquarters, and also the growing trend of requests for massive incentives by businesses looking to expand or move.
Jon was interviewed by Mark Kass of the Milwaukee Business Journal. This was also a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.