Amazon reportedly chooses New York City and Northern Virginia for new HQ2s

Alicia Cross
November 13, 2018

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

Employees at the Seattle headquarters will be given the option to stay there, or relocate to the new HQ2, Amazon said a year ago.

The New York Times reported last week that Amazon was finalising plans to select the Long Island City, New York and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia.

Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York's Long Island City and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, the Journal said.

Amazon has reportedly ended its search for the locations of its new headquarters.

The biggest draw of the Amazon HQ2 bidding process was a much-coveted promise of 50,000 jobs touted to pay an annual average of some $100,000.

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However, the split could also mean economic benefits for the hosts will be muted relative to expectations, especially given the selected cities' size versus some of the other contenders.

Amazon narrowed the list to 20 cities in January, and in recent weeks, smaller locations appeared to fall out of the running. Indeed, after cities submitted proposals and went on to the next phase, they were required to keep those details confidential. Two HQ2 projects would also ensure that Seattle remains Amazon's definitive headquarters.

Amazon factored in a host of qualifications for the selection of its new headquarters sites, including access to mass transit, proximity to an airport with direct flights to and from Seattle and-perhaps most important-a pool of available tech talent nearby.

NPR has previously reported, Amazon is expected to explain its decision to split HQ2 by citing the challenges of finding a single place that could deliver or attract the 50,000 highly skilled technical workers on Amazon's short timeline of 10 to 15 years.

It also has brought additional scrutiny to potential incentives Amazon might receive to locate in certain areas.

Cities across the US have spent months jockeying for a $5 billion investment. Toronto was the only finalist outside the U.S.

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