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Amazon Announces New York and Virginia as HQ2 Picks

The company said it would start hiring in New York, Virginia and Tennessee in 2019. Jay Carney, a senior vice…

The company said it would start hiring in New York, Virginia and Tennessee in 2019.

Jay Carney, a senior vice president at Amazon, said the company looked at more than 100 aspects of each location, but “during the process it became clear to us that the overriding criteria were going to be the ability to find and attract talent. “

At a multi-hour meeting in August, the team realized they would have a easier time doing the hiring of the number of workers they wanted if they split the headquarters between two areas. “We also think that 25,000 as a floor is easier for the communities to absorb,” he said.

Amazon announced its search in September 2017 for what Mr. Bezos said would be a “full equal to our Seattle headquarters.” Almost 240 locations submitted bids. They used marketing gimmicks – Tucson tried to send a giant saguaro cactus – and formal proposals like training programs and billions in tax incentives.

In January, the online retailer narrowed the list to 20 locations, with places in nine of the 10 largest regions in the country. In the end, Amazon chose to build in two affluent areas with deep benches or high-skilled talent – and where Amazon already had more corporate employees than anywhere else outside the Bay Area and its hometown, Seattle. Mr. Bezos also owns homes in both new areas.

The two locations have parallels. Both sit just across a river from the heart of an iconic metropolis. Crystal City is een buurt gevuld met kantoorgebouwen ontwikkeld in de jaren 1970 voor defensiecontractors, maar heeft hoge vacatures na de Pentagon herorganiseerd in de jaren na de Sept. 11 attacks. And Long Island City is a mixed neighborhood home to new apartment towers, low-rise manufacturing and the country’s largest public housing complex.

As the search dragged on, in some places the anticipation turned to antipathy and anxiety, with residents concerned about hoe hun regio’s kunnen leiden tot een potentiële woningtekort en congestie die zou kunnen komen met een instroom van goedbetaalde werknemers. Many regions also debated whether one of the largest companies in the world, run by the richest man in the world, needed taxpayer funds.

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