After narrowing down the list to 20 finalist cities for Amazon HQ2, the company has pegged both New York and Northern Virginia for secondary headquarter locations.
In an unusual process for the industry, Amazon ran an open competition for any city that met specific criteria to be considered for Amazon’s second HQ, the first being located in Seattle. Locations in both New York City and the Crystal City area in Arlington, Virginia are expected to employ 25,000 people. Amazon is also expected to get more than $2 billion in tax incentives, with up to $1.2 billion from New York and up to $550 million in Virginia based on the number of jobs the company creates.
“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue
inventingfor customers for years to come,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, said in a statement.
Nashville, Tennessee will also be getting a smaller location with a focus on operations and logistics. The Nashville location will employ around 5,000 people. Plans to start hiring new workers for all three locations will begin in 2019.
According to Jay Carney, senior VP at Amazon, splitting the new headquarters between two locations would make “25,000 as a floor is easier for the communities to absorb” with regards to finding the employees it needs to staff the new locations.Source: NY Times
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