From the Morning Memo:

As Amazon announced it was pulling out of a project to build a campus in Queens, upstate officials quickly said they would have happily taken the offer, which would have amounted to anywhere between 25,000 to 40,000 jobs.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he was waiting by the phone in case he called.

“You have our strong support in Broome,” he wrote. “We would welcome you with open arms.”

The same went for Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, who issued a joint letter with Sen. Joe Griffo.

“Our area would benefit greatly from the jobs and economic infusion that a company such as yours would bring if it chose to establish a presence here and would serve as a great ambassador for Amazon,” they wrote.

It’s unlikely the company will take any of the upstate officials up on the offer, given Amazon’s decision to not reopen its nationwide search for what it was dubbing its second headquarters.

And the small to mid-size cities seeking the project are even more unlikely to be able to accommodate Amazon’s housing and transportation needs, even as they tout what makes their areas great, be it a strong public university or a drone manufacturing facility.

But the calls underscore the desperate need for jobs and broader tax base in many upstate communities that are contending with an eroding population — virtually the opposite issue facing the New York City economy at this moment, as officials there fought back against the proposal.

There wasn’t much mention, though, of the tax incentives the company was to receive if it created the promised jobs — some $3 billion. Critics had questioned the size of the tax break package for one of the world’s richest companies, which had spurred a nationwide contest for the project.

Some states did unveil even larger tax incentive plans, including New Jersey, which may ultimately benefit from the rejection of Queens.