Amazon will open separate HQ2 locations in 2 different cities


Timing: Amazon is thinking about when to time an announcement on the new location, according to The Washington Post.

The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon will split the headquarters evenly between two locations with 25,000 employees in each city.

According to the Washington Post, which spoke with several sources, Amazon has been holding "advanced discussions" about placing its second headquarters in Virginia's Crystal City, a neighborhood of Arlington. Early this year, Indianapolis was named one of 20 finalists for the second corporate headquarters.

Dividing the 50,000 employees expected to staff the new headquarters would also ease the pressure from demand for housing and transportation.

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Klepper reported from Albany, New York.

Amazon announced past year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs. On the website it created when it first announced the project, Amazon stated that the objective of HQ2 was to create "a full equal to our current campus in Seattle".

Amazon executives met two weeks ago with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the governor's Manhattan office, said another of the people briefed on the process, adding that the state had offered potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies.

Site selection consultant John Boyd in Princeton, New Jersey, says either Austin or Dallas would make sense as an HQ2 site because Texas has an attractive business climate and has the country's second largest congressional delegation behind California.

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Amazon could announce its decision at any time.

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Just yesterday, the Journal reported that Dallas was also still in the mix along with Crystal City and the Big Apple as Amazon's late-stage negotiations progressed with a handful of final cities. Bezos even said the company was "excited to find a second home", which really hurt the feelings of Seattle's rich white people. Their list of costs includes $2.3 billion to extend the 7 train to 11th Avenue, $1 billion in special tax breaks and $1 billion for new parks (including what will be the city's most expensive park per acre).

"Certainly not bad news", a source in the developer community responded.

Amazon declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal report and didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the New York Times report.

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It's part of the campus of 44 Amazon buildings, with more under construction.