Two cities will split Amazon HQ2

DC Suburb Likely To Get Second Amazon Headquarters

DC Suburb Likely To Get Second Amazon Headquarters

Amazon announced past year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

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.

The Washington Post reported last week that Amazon has recently been in discussions with Crystal City, Va., fueling speculation that the company may open one of its coveted second headquarters in that region.

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.

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The Washington metropolitan area was long considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters. A recent report from CBRE estimated that more than 160,000 D-FW residents work in the tech sector, with an average wage of nearly $97,000.

Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2. Although talks are still advancing with representatives in NY and Dallas, this could be to prime a backup location in case Crystal City falls through. Lending credence to the Crystal City speculation was a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, who lashed out at the leakers, saying they weren't "doing Crystal City, VA any favors".

Outside Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. The difficulty in acquiring enough tech talent for the massive hub, the report says, is the primary driver for that decision.

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