Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

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

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

Amazon has more employees in the two selected areas than anywhere else outside of Seattle, home of its main headquarters, and the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the New York Times.

News reports in recent days have said that the Seattle company has selected Northern Virginia and the NY borough of Queens to develop dual headquarters facilities that will employ 50,000 people. Developers say Long Island City has added 6,800 new multifamily housing units in just the last two years.

For now, though, some New Yorkers believe that if Amazon does settle half of its second headquarters here, it will support industry trends that have been underway since the Bloomberg administration, when the city began to see its future in technology.

Adding to the confusion stirred by the Washington Post and CNBC.com, The Wall Street Journal reported November 4 that aside from Northern Virginia, Amazon is also engaged in late-stage talks with New York City. The company recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more - Amazon says they'll make an average of more than $100,000 a year.

Inc. has declined to comment on the reports.

Amazon has said it could spend more than $5 billion on the new headquarters over the next 17 years, about matching the size of its current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and 40,000 employees. However, he adds, don't count out a finalist like Newark, New Jersey, which would offer not only a talent pool and transportation access, but also would enable Amazon to deliver a "social impact", given that roughly one-fourth of Newark's residents live in poverty.

The Raleigh-Durham area was one of 20 in the USA and Canada in the final running to lure the Amazon site, dubbed HQ2.

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But, as one Wall Street Journal source noted, Amazon is "anything but predictable", meaning the company might go in a different direction altogether.

Over the weekend The Washington Post reported that Amazon officials were in talks with officials in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va.

In Atlanta, an anonymous group called Atlanta Against Amazon launched an online campaign against HQ2, ending its first blog post with "Today is day 1 of resistance against HQ2". "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection".

"Bottom line: the city wanted to make sure they got some positive economic benefit from it, so you can't give all of it back to Amazon" Clouse said.

The fact a company like Amazon with its vast resources is asking for government subsidies irks New York University's Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway.

If it comes to fruition, it'll be a shady move on Amazon's part. It also proposed real estate sites for the facility. However, New York City has been less explored as an option than the Virginia spot.

Where are we in the decision-making process, and when will Amazon make a final announcement?

Bruce Harrell, the president of our City Council, even signed an executive order officially applying Seattle to be Amazon's HQ2, which was pretty embarrassing and made us seem like someone taking a breakup especially poorly. In Denver, 16 percent said they were somewhat or strongly opposed to having Amazon to set up shop there.

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