Amazon Mum on Reports it Will Split New Headquarters

Tuesday, 06 Nov, 2018

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that Amazon was in very late stages with officials in Northern Virginia as the spot for HQ2. The Journal story came a day afterThe Washington Post reported that the Virginia suburb, located smack dab between the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport, was engaged in advanced planning for HQ2, down to specific buildings and employee moving plans. The WSJ says Amazon will do a split of its second headquarters across two cities.

A notable connection between Amazon and the New York City area is Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy, who grew up in the area and is a big-time New York sports fan.

After naming 20 finalist cities this January, Amazon plans to announce a victor city by year's end.

Amazon has its headquarters in Seattle.

The online retail giant sparked some pretty aggressive campaigning on the part of 238 communities eager to lure Amazon's HQ2, with its promise of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in regional investment.

Amazon first announced plans for HQ2 in 2017.

The rumored front-runner location in Northern Virginia is in Crystal City. Many experts have pointed to Crystal City as a front-runner, because of its strong public transit, educated workforce and proximity to Washington.

Representatives for cities such as Dallas, Crystal City, Austin and Philadelphia declined to comment to CNN Business, while others did not respond to requests for comment.

Where are we in the decision-making process, and when will Amazon make a final announcement?

The Wall Street Journal said Dallas is also a possibility. Indianapolis is one of 20 finalists for the project.

Housing costs and availability is another issue, the person said. NY ranked No. 5 with 254,300 tech workers.

"I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", the report cited Cuomo as saying. Company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos already had several connections to the Washington area.