Amazon to Split HQ2 Between Crystal City, VA and NYC?

Posted November 07, 2018

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan called reports that Amazon plans to split its second headquarters among two cities, with 25,000 employees each rather than the 50,000 originally promised to one community, "good news".

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, recently said that the company looked at data to help make its decision "but then you make that decision with your heart".

Though Amazon continues to play its cards close to its vest about the selection of its second headquarters, evidence is mounting that the victor of the year-long national competition is Crystal City, Va., a Northern Virginia neighborhood located across from Washington, D.C., on the west bank of the Potomac River. Some hired McKinsey & Co. and other outside consultants to help them with their bids, investing heavily in courting Amazon and its promise of 50,000 jobs. Both the city and county plan to appeal that decision. Bezos owns the Washington Post and a home in the prominent Kalorama neighborhood.

NY also is believed to be in the running, in a neighborhood that borders the East River overlooking Manhattan that is popular with young professionals.

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A company spokesman, Adam Sedo, reached by phone in Seattle said that Amazon would not comment on "rumors and speculation".

The Wall Street Journal broke the news over the weekend that Amazon entered into "late-stage talks" with three locations - Dallas, Texas; Arlington, Va.; and New York City.

The question of where Amazon will build its second major campus has company officials slamming leaks to news media. Since announcing its short list in January, Amazon has given virtually no publicupdates beyond reiterating that a decision would be made this year.

Talks with the leading contenders are likely in different phases, while discussions with some of the others on Amazon's shortlist have cooled, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter. New York City's Long Island City site and Arlington's Crystal City site are reportedly the "winners".

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For Amazon, the HQ2 fanfare has added to a year of striking growth and significant milestones.

Amazon already employs 600,000.

Seattle has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, in part because of Amazon's growth.

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