Amazon reportedly close to naming HQ2

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to put HQ2 in Northern Virginia: report

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to pick Northern Virginia for second headquarters

Crystal City, with easy transit access, proximity to Reagan National Airport, and ready-to-occupy office buildings, has always been considered a strong contender.

According to the Post report, Amazon is so close to making its choice that Crystal City's top real estate developer pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market and officials in the area have discussed how to make an announcement to the public following the midterm elections. Topics such as the timing for a public announcement and immediate office needs are reportedly being ironed out.

Gargan said Amazon remains an "active project" in North Carolina, which means much of the details regarding what the state is offering to lure the company remain under wraps.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director posted on Twitter, "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection". It probably doesn't hurt either that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post. The company may be having similar discussions with other finalists.

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After launching a reality show-like sweepstakes for a second home in late 2017, Amazon has effectively shut down disclosures about the search in the past nine months. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend.

A spokesman for Northam declined to comment further on Friday. "We're in a good position with the way we train our workforce, the talent that we have in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington area and so I think we've got a great chance at the end of the day".

In its 190-page bid submitted to Amazon in October Toronto offered up 10 locations across the region that it said would be suitable for the company's second headquarters, including a site in the Port Lands.

Amazon has said that economic incentives will be an important factor in its decision.

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