Amazon May Split HQ2 Location Between 2 Cities

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

Philadelphia Lingers On Amazon’s List Of Cities For Second Headquarters

The Washington Post reported that Amazon was looking at real estate in Crystal City for its second headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Amazon was planning to split its second headquarters campus between two cities, placing about 25,000 employees in each.

Bezos himself said last week that he'd make the final decision guided by intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart", he said at a conference in NY last week.

Amazon initially chose 20 possible cities for next headquarters and said it plans to make $5 billion in capital investments alone in the city it chooses. Several state and local governments threw their hats in the ring, offering Amazon millions in tax incentives if they opened their new headquarters in their city.

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Because Amazon is reportedly in "advanced talks" does not mean the deal is certain. No major announcement will come until after the midterm elections on November 6, but the selection of the final site is slated to be revealed before the end of the year. Although talks are still advancing with representatives in NY and Dallas, this could be to prime a backup location in case Crystal City falls through. Pittsburgh officials have been extremely quiet about Amazon, discussions with the company and the company's visit to the city.

Amazon Director of Economic Development- Global Public Policy Mike Grella tweeted that whomever leaked word of the Amazon interest in Crystal City, its new home is "not doing Crystal City, VA. any favors".

If Crystal City or the Northern Virginia area really have been favored all along, it could raise questions of whether the other cities wasted their time and money in putting together bids.

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