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Amazon chooses New York City, Northern Virginia for its HQ2 sites

Second and Third Headquarters, according to people familiar with the question, ends a more than annual public contest that started…

Second and Third Headquarters, according to people familiar with the question, ends a more than annual public contest that started with 238 candidates and ended with a surprise shared by its so-called HQ2.

The forthcoming message is expected as soon as Tuesday, according to the people.

Amazon shares the second headquarters evenly between New York City’s Long Island City and the Arlington Countys Crystal City neighborhood, both located directly from the major city centers. The company plans to evenly distribute offices with up to 25,000 employees.

The decision gives Amazon a great presence in three coastal hubs that politically lean to the left, at a time when technology companies are under control of their perceived elitism and liberal social views.

Amazon refused to comment.

 A view of New York's Long Island City. Amazon bosses concluded that the company could recruit more technical talent if it spreads HQ2 operations across multiple locations.

A view of New York City’s Long Island City. Amazon bosses concluded that the company could recruit more technical talent if it spreads HQ2 operations across multiple locations.


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Government leaders in both New York and Northern Virginia were expected to hold events for announcements on Tuesday, according to People familiar with the question.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the Amazon store on Monday night during his weekly television appearance, although he did not confirm that the city had been officially elected. He was hopeful that HQ2 would come to New York City. “We are talking about the single biggest economic development in New York City’s history,” he said.

The Amazon Moving to New York pours it against rival Google, giving rise to its own expansion in the city. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that

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The unit will accommodate more than 12,000 new workers, an amount that almost doubles the search giant’s current crew in the city, says people familiar with the issue. On Monday evening at the D.Live tech conference’s journal, Google’s finance manager, Ruth Porat, confirmed the company’s intention to double New York City’s staff of 7,000 over a decade.

Amazon has recently been in recent talks with several sites, including New York, Crystal City and Dallas, people familiar with the issue previously said. In addition to its HQ2 decision, Amazon can also announce that other cities have won big projects, but it was not clear what form they could take or where they were going.

The District of Columbia area, which had three places among the finalists including Crystal City, was long regarded as a leading candidate in part because Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has a second home there and he owns the Washington Post.

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Amazon chose Arlington Countys Crystal City and New York’s Long Island City as places for their second headquarters.

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Crystal City, a 1960s district and residential development near the Pentagon, have seen their wealth decline over the past decade or so, as major tenants, including the Department of Defense and private tenants have drawn up efforts.

Its clean size and proximity to Washington, Reagan National Airport, subway stations and other transportation made it an attractive forecast for Amazons ambitious second headquarters plan, according to people who have been involved in the discussions. Adding appeal is also largely in the hands of a single developer.

A potential disadvantage is the region’s infamous bad traffic, which probably requires significant new investments, according to people familiar with the issue. Amazon’s impact on housing can be significant.

Virginia can be a good fit for Amazon politically, as an important little swinging state that promises political complaints, no matter what party in power. Although the D.C. area lacks New York’s excitement culture, it is large, very varied and perhaps just high enough.

Long Island City, Queens, was a long-lived industrial area with a residential boom booth with over 16,000 new apartments built since 2006. It is the fastest growing community in New York.

The district is along the eastern river and is accessible by several subway lines, long railway and two ferry stops. It is also close to La Guardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports.

While the city covered four quarters in its original bid, officials from Long Island City, according to people familiar with the process, leaned. [19659006] Amazon began search across North America in September 2017, with the purpose of creating a second, equal headquarters for its home base in Seattle. It had said that the new site would contain about 50,000 jobs and represent billions of investment.

Amazon reduced the competition to 20 finalist cities in January, then asked for computer equipment and made whirlwind two-day visit to the site, where cities tried to impress the company’s economic development team.

Then came the big surprise a week ago when the newspaper reported that Amazon planned to divide its second headquarters evenly between two places instead of choosing a city. The change of plans came after Amazon bosses concluded that it could recruit more of the best techniques if it spreads the office in two places. And by halving size, Amazon would help alleviate potential problems with housing, transit and other areas where the addition of tens of thousands of workers can cause problems.

 A view of Crystal City last month. The decision to share its new headquarters effectively provides Amazon with a great presence in three coastal cities.

A view of Crystal City last month. The decision to share its new headquarters effectively provides Amazon with a great presence in three coastal cities.


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