Amazon picks NYC, Northern Virginia as sites for new headquarters

Report Amazon chooses Northern Virginia New York for HQ2

Michael Gianaris and New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, both Democrats, said they have "serious reservations" about reports that Amazon will divide its long-awaited "HQ2" between two cities - Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia. The site also indirectly supports over 50,000 other jobs, Amazon said.

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

The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon's proposed plans earlier on Monday.

As NPR reported last week, Amazon's surprising decision to split HQ2 between the two is an anticlimactic ending for the much-publicized, Olympic-style search that lasted over a year and attracted 238 bids from across the USA and Canada.

The list of candidates was eventually reduced to just 20, with Amazon visiting every site to see if it was suitable for the company. He was hopeful that HQ2 would come to New York City.

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In a way, the New York and Northern Virginia sites make sense, as the company had asked in its RFP specifically for "daily direct flights" to Seattle, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington DC.

Amazon's HQ2 is getting divided by two.

The online retailer began the search across North America in September 2017, with the aim of creating a second, equal headquarters to its home base in Seattle. And forgoing too many future taxes that could come from a project as massive as Amazon HQ2 could strain local budgets for public services like roads and schools - or cause taxes to go up for local residents. Other cities may get other responsibilities, the newspaper added. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

While soliciting bids for "HQ2", Amazon vowed to invest $5 billion back into the community of whichever location is selected and hire 50,000 well-paid new employees in the region. "It was also a platform for cities to promote themselves to a global audience". Amazon also has announced major hiring plans over the past year as it builds out more warehouses and expands its USA workforce. Amazon has said it might consider some also-rans for other projects.

"I joke that we're experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making", says Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighborhood development group.

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