Amazon Plans To Split HQ2 Between 2 Cities

Mae Love
November 5, 2018

And now it ends up Amazon may decide on creating an HQ2 and HQ3.

The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon will split the headquarters evenly between two locations with 25,000 employees in each city. A decision could come as soon as this week, according to the source. The District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery are among the 20 finalists and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched a joint-effort to land the online-retail behemoth in the DMV.

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.

Things got more interesting when Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, posted on Twitter: "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection". Amazon's HQ2 choice will depend heavily on currying favor from cities and states, and that means addressing their concerns about the impact of having many workers flood into a given area. "And stop treating the (nondisclosure agreement) you signed like a used napkin".

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Spokesmen for Amazon and realtor JBG Smith declined to comment for the WaPo report, as did Arlington County officials.

Amazon's shortlist of potential second headquarter sites appeared to get smaller over the weekend.

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