Amazon to announce Long Island City, Northern Virginia as HQ2 locations

Amazon to announce Long Island City, Northern Virginia as HQ2 locations

Amazon to announce Long Island City, Northern Virginia as HQ2 locations

Amazon.com Inc plans to announce on Tuesday that it has selected NY and Northern Virginia as locations for its second headquarters, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

The competition that saw 238 cities across North America vie to become the site of the 50,000-person office kicked off on September 7, 2017.

More than a year after cities across America mustered their most convincing proposals to nab Amazon HQ2, the e-commerce giant is expected to announce as early as Tuesday that it settled on the New York City and Washington D.C. areas for its second and third headquarters.

Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York's Long Island City and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, the Journal said. The decision effectively gives Amazon a major presence in three coastal cities.

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

The other cities included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Still, landing HQ2 would represent "incredible validation of just how far NY has come", says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think tank.

"I joke that we're experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making", says Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighborhood development group.

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The Wall Street Journal, quoting people familiar with the negotiations, reported the imminent announcement Monday night.

Cities and states promised billions of dollars of tax breaks and other inducements in exchange for Amazon's "HQ2". It had said the new location would house roughly 50,000 jobs and represent billions in investments.

FBN's Tracee Carrasco on reports Amazon is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations.

Amazon reportedly won't be coming to Pittsburgh.

Amazon has faced criticism for the impact it has had on Seattle, the locations of its original headquarters.

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.

It also has brought additional scrutiny to potential incentives Amazon might receive to locate in certain areas. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003.

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