Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC Leading candidate for Amazon’s new HQ is DC suburb, report says
Kelvin Reese | 07 November, 2018, 04:41

- Amazon plans to split its new second headquarters into two locations, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal said the main reason for having the two new facilities is to make it easier for Amazon to recruit enough talent.

Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development and public policy, made his displeasure known Saturday after the Washington Post pointed to Virginia as the likely location of the company's second home base. Early this year, Indianapolis was named one of 20 finalists for the second corporate headquarters.

"For instance, does it make it like less of an incentive for Amazon to go to NY because instead of offering 50,000 jobs, they'll only be able to offer about 25,000 jobs?" Last year, the REIT submitted plans to Arlington County to expand and repurpose the 240,000-square-foot office building at 1750 Crystal Drive to a residential property.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in 2012. The report centers on Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, specifically. Collectively, Amazon will still hire a total of 50,000 new employees.

Amazon has not confirmed any of the reports.

Instead, the company has reportedly chose to split up its massive second command post into two separate locations-with one half of HQ2 now very likely to land in our city.

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In brief comments to the Miami Herald Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Amazon has continued to ask for information related to Miami's HQ2 bid, the details of which remain exempt from Florida's Sunshine laws.

Two other statistics may also stand the submarket in good stead with Amazon executives.

Effectively, it means Amazon won't really have a true second headquarters, which is what some critics have been claiming all along.

The latest developments seem to run counter to what Amazon promised when it started the process. 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. Amazon could choose one metropolitan region and still have to negotiate with multiple states and local governments for tax incentives. Nearly 240 municipalities responded, trying to lure the tech giant with marketing gimmicks, promises of new transit lines and, as proposals trickled out, billions in tax incentives.

Citing a "person familiar with the matter", the newspaper said the huge project with be split "evenly" between two cities, which were not named.

Perhaps the most compelling evidence yet that Amazon is nearing a decision emerged over the weekend.

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