Mass. takes careful approach to luring sexy companies

“The Amazon Spheres’’ at the company’s headquarters, in Seattle.

“The Amazon Spheres’’ at the company’s headquarters, in Seattle.

Adapted from Robert Whitcomb’s “Digital Diary,’’ in

Amazon already has thousands of employees in tech center Greater Boston and will probably add several thousands more, perhaps mostly along the South Boston waterfront, in the wake of the apparent demise of an Amazon “second headquarters’’ in New York City. But this won’t be due to the sort of massive incentives the “populist’’ reaction to which blew up the Amazon-New York deal.

As seen in the deal crafted by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (a highly successful former businessman and top-notch numbers cruncher) and the generally economically reality-based Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lure General Electric headquarters, Massachusetts has been quite conservative in crafting incentive packages. Shirley Leung had an interesting column on the GE deal. To read it, please hit this link.

Rhode Island might also get some Amazon jobs — probably design-related — because of the New York news.