Amazon is said to be favoring Northern Virginia for new headquarters

Amazon is said to be favoring Northern Virginia for new headquarters

Amazon is said to be favoring Northern Virginia for new headquarters

Amazon said that it's second headquarters would employ 50,000 people and comprise a $5 billion dollar investment in the location that it chooses.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that the e-commerce giant is in "advanced talks" with officials and developers in Crystal City, Va., near Reagan International Airport just outside Washington, D.C., about locating its sought-after second headquarters there.

At a conference in NY on Thursday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, said: "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, the best way to make it is you collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart".

In a subsequent tweet, Grella criticized The Post for a story linking Bezos' private jet's flight history to the Amazon HQ2 search.

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Northern Virginia has always been seen as a favorite for Amazon HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will have room for up to 50,000 employees. Amazon declined to comment on his remarks.

Jay Ash, the state's secretary of housing and economic development, said state officials have not had any recent contact with Amazon about HQ2.

With its universities, strong tech economy, and an already sizable Amazon presence, Boston has been seen as a strong contender to land HQ2 from the day Amazon announced the search in September 2017. But it is also possible that Amazon is in advance talks with more than one city as it nears its final decision. When the company announced a list of 20 top contenders in January, it included Washington and Montgomery county, Maryland, which is just north of the city. Amazon plans to make its announcement by the end of the year.

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