Amazon.com Inc is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter. A decision could come as soon as this week, according to the source.
While nothing is set in stone, Amazon seems to be furthest along in the selection process with Crystal City-up to the point of scouting out potential real estate locations in the city and discussing how long it would take to move in a first wave of employees. The divided HQ2 locations would each house 25,000 employees, The Journal reports.
The e-commerce giant a year ago announced plans to invest US$5 billion in a second headquarters and hire up to 50,000 people, setting off a frenzy of interest from cities in the USA and Canada.
Amazon initially chose 20 possible cities for next headquarters and said it plans to make $5 billion in capital investments alone in the city it chooses. A recent report from CBRE estimated that more than 160,000 D-FW residents work in the tech sector, with an average wage of nearly $97,000. Washington D.C. ranked 3 with 248,200 workers in tech jobs.
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The Wall Street Journal responded with a story yesterday saying Dallas and NY are still talking with Amazon, too.
Amazon Director of Economic Development- Global Public Policy Mike Grella tweeted that whomever leaked word of the Amazon interest in Crystal City, VA.as its new home is "not doing Crystal City, VA. any favors".
Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City.