Monday, 12 November, 2018

Amazon reportedly planning to split HQ2 between two cities

The Amazon Spheres are seen from Lenora Street the Space Needle in the background at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC
Lloyd Bates | 06 November, 2018, 03:08

Amazon, more than a year after announcing a search for a city in which to place a second headquarters campus, may be entertaining the idea of placing those workers in two cities instead. If it does turn out to be Crystal City and New York City, we hope Amazon has a plan for how to deal with all the traffic.

More than a year after Amazon announced that it was searching for a second headquarters, the company has made a decision to split the new offices between two cities, according to a person familiar with Amazon's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Under the new plan, the e-commerce giant will split the workforce with 25,000 employees in each city, the WSJ report https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-plans-to-split-hq2-evenly-between-two-cities-1541446552?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=3 said.

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. The process certainly hasn't been rushed, as it took Amazon until January of 2018 to release their 20 city shortlist.

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Northern Virginia was always a favored contender to receive HQ2 owing to its proximity to Washington D.C.

Amazon also reportedly felt that a split would expand the pool of computer engineering talent available for jobs. The aging NY subway system has several issues the city is working to fix.

This is a developing story - check back for additional details. No major announcement will come until after the midterm elections on November 6, but the selection of the final site is slated to be revealed before the end of the year.

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