Amazon's second headquarters could be split across two locations

Marcus Newton
November 7, 2018

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US, January 29, 2016.

The Amazon HQ2 saga evolved again Monday afternoon with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the $5 billion HQ2 project and its 50,000 jobs would be split among two cities, not just one. Sources say a decision could come as soon as this week.

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.

The company has narrowed 238 proposals down to 20 finalists, and executives have traveled across the United States and to one Canadian city to survey sites for Amazon's new home.

"For instance, does it make it like less of an incentive for Amazon to go to NY because instead of offering 50,000 jobs, they'll only be able to offer about 25,000 jobs?" Driving the change of plans were concerns about meeting the demand for tech talent and the strain such rapid growth would put on the host city's housing market.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in 2012. They also met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, it said.

Durkan had a confident retort ready when asked if she thought the idea of Amazon splitting its HQ2 into two offices was good for Seattle.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

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Online leader Amazon Inc. refused comment Tuesday on reports that it plans to split its new, second headquarters between two locations.

People "close to the process" also told the Post that Amazon is debating "how an announcement about the move would be made to the public". Research Triangle Park is on the final 20 metros being considered for the project. At the beginning of this year, he presciently predicted Amazon would choose NY or Washington for HQ2.

While Dallas is reportedly on the short-list with New York City and Crystal Beach in Virginia, there's a renewed interest in a huge piece of property in Downtown Dallas.

But now it seems like Amazon was just being the power-playing and conniving capitalists that Seattleites already know the company for.

Some locations sought to stand out with stunts, but Amazon emphasized it wanted dollars and cents incentives, like tax breaks and grants.

The newspapers cited unnamed people familiar with the matter in their reports.

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

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