Amazon plans to split second headquarters in two cities

Amazon plans to split second headquarters in two cities

The company pitched its second headquarters to potential host cities as a single location and received incentives based on those stats.

Unfazed, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was still eagerly awaiting Amazon's official announcement when he spoke to the Times on Monday.

The New York Times earlier reported that Amazon was near a deal to pick Long Island City, and the Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Amazon will choose two locations after deciding that one location lacked sufficient technology talent.

Venture capitalist Russ Wilcox observed that during the course of the HQ2 search, Amazon said it would lease an additional 400,000 square feet in the Seaport District; picked Boston for a new joint venture to provide more affordable health care to employees; and paid about $1 billion to acquire Pillpack, an online pharmacy based in Somerville.

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that Amazon is in final negotiations with Arlington. Dubbed HQ2, the new facility - or facilities - will cost at least $5 billion to construct and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs over the next 10 to 15 years. "When you get into the clutter of Queens and Manhattan and that area, and you've got a little bit of busyness in the Arlington area because of D.C., it's not sure what the advantage is to Amazon of having a headquarters there, other than just being close to D.C. if they want to talk to regulators, and close to NYC because it's the biggest city in the country", Clouse said.

AP/Frank Franklin IILong Island City is reportedly one of the locations that Amazon has chosen for its HQ2. It's part of the campus of 44 Amazon buildings, with more under construction. He also said North Carolina had not been told that it is out of the running for the Amazon project.

Amazon announced a list of 20 finalists for HQ2 in January, including: Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville; Newark; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh; Toronto; and Washington, DC.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the company has changed its initial plans and will select two cities for what would reportedly be - in effect - two HQ2s.

Some have said that any data Amazon has gathered in its HQ2 search could hypothetically be used to benefit its sprawling ecommerce and fulfillment operations. The fact that the jobs pay well makes the opportunity even more attractive. "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection".

"As we documented in a study last April, the Crystal City and Long Island City subsidy offers are among the many HQ2 bids that remain completely hidden", said Good Jobs First, a nonprofit that tracks corporate subsidies, in a statement. And before that, CEO Jeff Bezos - whose fortune is tied to his Amazon stake - became the world's wealthiest man in recent history. An affordable housing crisis there prompted the city council to adopt a head tax on businesses in May, which Amazon helped overturn in a subsequent city council vote. Another will be Long Island City, in the NY borough of Queens, other people said.

He does say that this endeavor could be beneficial for the city in the long run.

Boyd says Northern Virginia always has been an HQ2 frontrunner and would represent a "safe choice" for Amazon.

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