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06 November 2018, 01:03 | Austin Hogan
DC Suburb Likely To Get Second Amazon Headquarters
Amazon.com Inc is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, the Wall Street Journalreported on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Amazon would split the workforce equally among the two new locations, creating 25,000 new jobs in each city.
Spokesmen for Amazon and realtor JBG Smith declined to comment for the WaPo report, as did Arlington County officials.
HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters.
Amazon initially chose 20 possible cities for next headquarters and said it plans to make $5 billion in capital investments alone in the city it chooses.
Amazon's shortlist of potential second headquarter sites appeared to get smaller over the weekend.
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By splitting the second headquarters, Amazon's Seattle office would remain its largest concentration of employees and the center of gravity for the tech giant.
Northern Virginia was always a favored contender to receive HQ2 owing to its proximity to Washington D.C.
Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City.
Mayor Hogsett says he expects Amazon's decision soon after the midterm elections Tuesday so that the five billion dollar bombshell doesn't change any political races for the victor or the loser locations.
Mike Grella, Amazon's director of Economic Development Public Policy tweeted Saturday that leaks pointing toward Crystal City as the HQ2 selection wasn't doing the city any favors.
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