It’s official: Amazon names NYC, Northern Virginia as two sites for HQ2

A pedestrian walks past a mural in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York U.S. on Friday Nov. 9 2018
This is where Amazon will build its two new headquarters

14 November, 2018

Government officials in both NY and Northern Virginia were expecting to hold events for announcements on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.

Plus, even though smaller cities didn't land Amazon HQ2, Amazon did announce it would add 5,000 jobs at a new operations hub in Nashville, and has already added 6,000 jobs in numerous other 218 cities that did not make its list of the 20 finalists. Executives traveled across the United States - and to one Canadian city - to tour sites to find the company's next home.

The behemoth announced that it will split "HQ2" between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

- Projected incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over 20 years.

The news comes after several reports indicated that Amazon had settled on moving 50,000 employees to Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, evenly splitting the workers between the new locations.

"Clearly, we are disappointed pending [Monday's] official announcement from Amazon", said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

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Analysts said Amazon's selection of NY and Washington, thriving regions where many major United States companies, including Amazon, already have a presence, shows that subsidies sweeten- but do not necessarily drive - corporate decisions.

Gianaris and Van Bramer were both among the Queens officials, along with Maloney, who signed the letter a year ago supporting NY as a choice for HQ2.

Meanwhile, Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) have slammed Amazon's plans to build its headquarters in Long Island City. An affordable housing crisis there prompted the city council to adopt a head tax on businesses in May, which Amazon helped overturn in a subsequent city council vote. "While I am proud Boston was named to Amazon's shortlist for its second North American headquarters, our future will not be defined by a single company as we continue to plan for equitable, sustainable growth". Luckily, Amazon included a handy map to explain where this so-called National Landing office will, well, land.

The 28-year-old bartender turned politician responded to the news that Amazon is bringing a second headquarters to NYC by claiming, without evidence, that her community is "outraged".

An analysis from Richard Florida, the editor-at-large of CityLab, shows almost half of the Fortune 500 company headquarters are located in just 10 cities, located largely along the East and West Coasts.

Amazon factored in a host of qualifications for the selection of its new headquarters sites, including access to mass transit, proximity to an airport with direct flights to and from Seattle and-perhaps most important-a pool of available tech talent nearby.

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