Amazon to split second headquarters between New York, Virginia

Andrew Cummings
November 13, 2018

The company was planning to split its second headquarters, dubbed "HQ2", evenly between two cities, and among the finalists that Amazon was holding advanced talks with were Dallas, Long Island City in NY and Arlington near Washington, D.C., Reuters reported last week, citing sources.

The official announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday.

The source, who is familiar with the matter, told Reuters that Amazon will also announce a significant investment in one other city, in addition to revealing the two HQ2 locations.

It promised to hire new teams and executives for its new location, saying it would be a "complete headquarters for Amazon - not a satellite office".

After running a year-long competition that drew interest from hundreds of cities and a number of states, Amazon has reportedly chosen New York City and Northern Virginia to split duty as its second headquarters.

The new sites in NY and Northern Virginia will add to Amazon's existing headquarters in Seattle, which consists of 8.1m sq ft over 33 buildings, with 24 restaurants and 40,000 employees.

The other cities included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Here's how the the NY and Crystal City locations compare. "These are very big numbers", he said.

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By one conservative estimate, cities and states give away more than $70 billion every year in forgone taxes and other concessions to companies - for the prospect of new jobs or even to keep existing ones.

The search began in September 2017 when Seattle-based Amazon announced it would start accepting proposals for what quickly became known as HQ2. With the jobs Amazon brings will come strains on housing and transportation.

Since Amazon pared the list to 20 cities in January, speculation has been rampant, with lists handicapping supposed front-runners.

Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York's Long Island City and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, the Journal said.

Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand.

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