Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Amazon may decide to create two HQ2 locations, instead of just one

Amazon may decide to create two HQ2 locations, instead of just one

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.

Amazon first announced the search for a second home in September of 2017, and 238 cities from across the USA and Canada all put in their bid to attract the online retail giant and its shiny new $5 billion headquarters and associated 50,000 jobs.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday talks are still active in 20 cities, including Denver, Toronto, Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C.

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The long-awaited decision has yet to be made, but the Journal, citing a person familiar with the decision making process, reported that the internet retail titan will choose two locations for their newest headquarters.

The bidding for Amazon has been intense since the company announced plans to build a second headquarters away from its Seattle hub. When Amazon released the original call for applications last September, property owners in 23 different neighborhoods-including Williamsburg and Sunset Park-cobbled together proposals at the request of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Amazon's HQ2 choice will depend heavily on currying favor from cities and states, and that means addressing their concerns about the impact of having many workers flood into a given area. The difficulty in acquiring enough tech talent for the massive hub, the report says, is the primary driver for that decision.

This is a developing story - check back for additional details. Amazon has promised to make its selection this year.

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