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Second Amazon headquarters a tale of two cities

06 November, 2018, 03:08 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

Opponents have also derided the competition for Amazon's new headquarters as corporate welfare for one of the world's richest companies.

Amazon's final decision could be announced this month, the WSJ reported.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Amazon was in advanced discussions with the Washington suburb of Crystal City, Virginia, for the second headquarters.

E-commerce giant Amazon may split its second headquarters between two cities, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. 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.

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This report was seemingly corroborated in a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's Director of Economic Development, admonishing the source who leaked the Crystal City negotiations to WaPo.

MA economic development secretary Jay Ash said Saturday his office has not been in recent contact with Amazon. The District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery are among the 20 finalists and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched a joint-effort to land the online-retail behemoth in the DMV. "You can see what it's done to the cost of living in Seattle".

A group of developers has already purchased a site in Dallas.

Amazon estimates HQ2 will bring more than $5 billion in construction investments and as many as 50,000 jobs to the city amidst decades of ongoing investment in the surrounding community. Bezos owns the Washington Post and a home in the prominent Kalorama neighborhood. Amazon has promised to make its selection this year.

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