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Tale of two cities: Amazon's reception varies between Seattle and Bessemer, Alabama

In this Dec. 5, 2018, photo a box is scanned and weighed before at the Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island borough of New York. Amazon reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
Mary Altaffer
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The Associated Press
In this Dec. 5, 2018, photo a box is scanned and weighed before at the Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island borough of New York. Amazon reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

On June 12, 2018, the city council in Bessemer, Alabama, voted to approve its share of $51 million in incentives for Amazon. The company is locating a fulfillment center in the city of about 28,000 people.

On that same day, the Seattle City Council was voting to repeal what came to be known as the "head tax," a per-employee levy on large companies that Amazon fiercely opposed.

The way the two cities are dealing with Amazon show the complicated relationship the company has with local governments. So writes Ashley Stewart, in the latest edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal.

She spent a week in Bessemer, and talked to All Things Considered host Ed Ronco about what she learned. Listen above.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.