Amazon plans to split HQ2 evenly between two cities

Andrew Cummings
November 6, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, quoting a source, that Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities.

The discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in Northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant's second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs.

While nothing is set in stone, Amazon seems to be furthest along in the selection process with Crystal City-up to the point of scouting out potential real estate locations in the city and discussing how long it would take to move in a first wave of employees.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters.

MA economic development secretary Jay Ash said Saturday his office has not been in recent contact with Amazon. Three of the 20 finalist regions were in and around Washington, D.C., where CEO Jeff Bezos has a substantial house and owns the Washington Post newspaper. The company declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal's story.

Inside Amazon's Day 1 tower in Seattle.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo, told a NY conference earlier this week that "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, the best way to make it is you collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart".

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