Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Ivan Schwartz
November 13, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company will choose New York City and Northern Virginia to be the homes for its second and third headquarters, specifically Long Island City and Crystal City.

The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday.

In addition, other cities "may also receive major sites", the newspaper reported. The e-commerce giant has narrowed its list for a new base to 20 possible locations since January.

Early reports of this announcement circulated earlier this month, when The New York Times reported the two locations would be Crystal City, Virginia, and Queens, New York. The decision effectively gives Amazon a major presence in three coastal cities.

Amazon is expected to announce later today where its new headquarters will be built, sources close to the matter told ABC News.

The D.C. region was seen as a favorite to land the new headquarters, as many drew connections between founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and the nation's capital after he purchased the Washington Post and a mansion in D.C.'s prominent Kalorama neighborhood.

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Both New York and the D.C. area already have clusters of tech jobs, including offices of the biggest tech companies. "These are very big numbers", he said.

Employees at the Seattle headquarters will be given the option to stay there, or relocate to the new HQ2, Amazon said past year. It had said the new location would house roughly 50,000 jobs and represent billions in investments.

Amazon reportedly won't be coming to Pittsburgh. Indeed, after cities submitted proposals and went on to the next phase, they were required to keep those details confidential.

HQ2 would be "full equal to our current campus in Seattle", the company said.

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Amazon's decision will likely lead to more foreign visitors, fuel more worldwide flights and potentially stimulate more exports. Bernie Sanders, who have called out the company over issues like wages. Toronto was the only finalist outside the U.S.

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