Amazon Picking Long Island City & Northern Virginia For Split HQ2

Roman Schwartz
November 13, 2018

Amazon has chose to split its new headquarters between New York City and a Washington suburb in Northern Virginia, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday night.

Citing "people familiar with the matter", the publication says other cities may also receive major sites.

After running a year-long competition that drew interest from hundreds of cities and a number of states, Amazon has reportedly chosen New York City and Northern Virginia to split duty as its second headquarters.

The new headquarters will be built in New York's Long Island City and Arlington County's Crystal City, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rumors swirled earlier this month that Amazon would ultimately chose locations in NY and Virginia after available space was identified.

Amazon had narrowed its search to 20 locations, with the need for high-skilled workers at the top of its list, along with a strong quality of life and access to transportation hubs.

Days before the potential Amazon news emerged, the city announced a $180 million plan to address packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain.

The Post had reported recent discussions about placing an HQ2 location in Crystal City include how to move employees, specific buildings, and how to make the announcement.

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It's already the fastest-developing neighborhood in the nation's most populous city, and Amazon will pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.

Amazon announced plans for a second headquarters in September 2017, saying that the company was growing faster than it could hire in its hometown, Seattle.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

What followed was months of speculation and reports of under-the-radar assessments and site visits by Amazon representatives. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Cities across the USA have spent months jockeying for a $5 billion investment.

"This was really a platform for Amazon to market its transition from traditional e-commerce" into a major tech company creating jobs across industries, said John Boyd, principal at site-selection consultancy the Boyd Co. Amazon has said it might consider some also-rans for other projects. Landing Amazon would also cement Long Island City's transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan. Toronto was the only finalist outside the U.S.

"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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