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Many rural residents would likely welcome a big new employer, but others are wary of the potential disruption to the community, increased traffic and home prices, environmental impact. And some don't want to offer such huge subsidies to companies that already have substantial financial clout, Dwoskin reports.
Google isn't the only big corporation to employ such tactics (or receive such a response). Amazon was widely criticized for requiring extremely restrictive confidentiality agreements when seeking a site for its second headquarters. "Some New York lawmakers were so outraged by the secrecy of Amazon’s process that they have introduced bills that would ban nondisclosure agreements for development projects in the city and state," Dwoskin reports.
Michelle Wilde Anderson, a Stanford Law School professor who specializes in state and local government law, told Dwoskin that it's important to keep the public informed about such negotiations. "Public transparency laws are designed to keep the public interest at the contract table, and the way you do that is with information."