Amazon is planning to split its new headquarters between two cities

Amazon is planning to split its new headquarters between two cities

The Washington Post reported Saturday Amazon has inquired how quickly it can move employees to northern Virginia to staff the campus and how the announcement should be made.

Officials in Virginia believe there's a strong likelihood Amazon will pick Crystal City in northern Virginia as one of its sites, but the company has not said anything definitive, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak on the record. The neighborhood features a concentration of high rise offices, hotels and residential buildings.

Amazon has remained tight-lipped on its selection process. "Mars came to the city - not the planet, but the candy company - came to the city as a result of those things". "These are very big numbers", he said.As Amazon's search dragged on, residents in many of 20 finalist cities anxious about the impact such a massive project could have on housing and traffic, as well as what potential tax incentives could cost the community.

"I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", Governor Cuomo said.

Companies are offering billions of dollars in economic incentives. Both New York City and Washington, DC, are now suffering from a dearth of affordable housing. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.

The Washington Post had previously reported that Amazon was in advanced talks to locate its second headquarters in Crystal City, which is across the Potomac River from Washington. The company announced 20 finalists in January, including New York, Chicago, and the Washington, DC, area.

What impact that report has on Newark and the 18 other finalists competing for the project that has been projected to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to the victor, isn't as clear.


A Wall Street Journal report earlier in October, citing unnamed sources, said Newark was one of a number of cities where Amazon made follow up visits.

Amazon has fueled an economic boom in its hometown of Seattle. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled plans for an office expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs by 2021 in fields including machine learning and robotics.

If a company's location intent was judged by where its CEO flies, Grella said in a follow-up tweet, Amazon might also go to Davos, Switzerland; Sun Valley, Idaho; Rome or Hollywood, and Google, Facebook and Tesla might be relocating to "Black Rock Desert, NV", a reference to the annual Burning Man cultural festival.

The company already employs 600,000. When built, the facility is expected to house up to 50,000 associates.

Amazon has been actively seeking a location for its second headquarters in North America for over a year.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition.

"For a decision like that, as far as I know, the best way to make it is you collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data, but then make the decision with your heart", Bezos said.

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