Augustine Leads Effort To Attract Amazon To NEPA
By REBECCA SODERGREN
Correspondent
PROMOTING NEPA-Mountaintop resident John Augustine, president and CEO of Penn’s Northeast, has been working to promote NEPA as a site for Amazon’s second headquarters.

John Augustine, a Mountain Top resident of 37 years, has led the recent effort to attract Amazon to build its second headquarters in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As president and CEO of Penn’s Northeast, the region’s economic development agency, Augustine felt it was important to throw Northeastern Pennsylvania’s hat into the ring even though “when you look at all of their parameters, we have very little chance of getting them here.”

Amazon built its first headquarters in Seattle in 2010, and it sounds as if the company wants a similar market for its second headquarters. An Amazon press release lists preferences for a metropolitan area of more than a million people, an urban or suburban community with the potential to attract and retain strong talent, and communities that “think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options,” among other bullet points.

Even though NEPA doesn’t fit