Amazon's second headquarters could be split across two locations

Dallas and New York also still in Amazon HQ2 finalist pool report says

The day after Amazon announced its search in September 2017, I predicted Boston would not get it. Collectively, Amazon will still hire a total of 50,000 new employees.

As the New York Times reported, the New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo once said he would change his name to Amazon Cuomo if that would convince the retail giant to hunker down in the state.

The company is planning to split its ballyhooed HQ2 between Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia, according to the New York Times.

"There's also a lot of folks online who are giving Amazon flack for not necessarily considering cities and locations that are more rural and considered mid-America where a job injection could be particularly helpful", Vavra said.

More evidence: JBG Smith, a top real estate developer in that area, pulled leasing locations in that area, too, igniting rumors that Amazon will move its location to Virginia, USA Today reports. Dubbed HQ2, the new facility - or facilities - will cost at least $5 billion to construct and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

The company has narrowed 238 proposals down to 20 finalists, and executives have traveled across the United States and to one Canadian city to survey sites for Amazon's new home.

I'd love to see some of that innovative energy applied to helping neighborhood businesses and smaller retailers - those most threatened by Amazon's relentless march - embrace new technology and thrive.

Amazon declined to comment on the news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's requirements for a new locale: Both are near metropolitan areas with more than a million people, have nearby worldwide airports, direct access to mass transit and have room for the company to expand.

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Some have said that any data Amazon has gathered in its HQ2 search could hypothetically be used to benefit its sprawling ecommerce and fulfillment operations. Even bringing 25,000 jobs in would be a big haul.

"Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection", Grella said.

Officials in Virginia believe there's a strong likelihood Amazon will pick Crystal City in northern Virginia as one of its sites, but the company has not said anything definitive, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

"My gut feeling is that the size of this project can not be easily supported by a single community, and therefore they will split this project into two communities", Austin economist Angelos Angelou, principal executive officer of economic development and site selection consulting firm AngelouEconomics, tells CultureMap. It's the only region with three finalists on the short list, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and has a home in the nation's capital.

The city announced last week that it would spend $180 million to improve transit and sewage in Long Island City, and it now looks like that announcement may have been deliberately timed given the Amazon news. Amazon could invest in helping others move to the community.

But many cities released blacked-out versions of their bids or refused to make any part of their proposals public.

Neither of the final site's full package of incentives has been disclosed.

Roy Cooper said state officials haven't heard anything from Amazon about the status of the tech giant's second headquarters.

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