Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Two cities will split Amazon HQ2

Two cities will split Amazon HQ2

Bezos himself said last week that he'd make the final decision guided by intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart", he said at a conference in NY last week.

Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2.

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.

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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Amazon's plans, the Journal reported, would place about 25,000 workers in each city, a move created to give the company a greater ability to attract talented workers. Amazon is already familiar with Northern Virginia as it has data centers nearby in Ashburn, Sterling, Chantilly, Manassas and Haymarket.

The company will choose two locations instead of one, according to the Wall Street Journal, which said one location lacked sufficient technology talent.

Mike Grella, Amazon's director of Economic Development Public Policy tweeted Saturday that leaks pointing toward Crystal City as the HQ2 selection wasn't doing the city any favors. The Washington Post reported that Amazon was looking at real estate in Crystal City for its second headquarters. "And stop treating the (nondisclosure agreement) you signed like a used napkin".

Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City. Both the city and county plan to appeal that decision.

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