Amazon to Split HQ2 Between Crystal City, VA and NYC?


The online retailing giant is looking to split its planned second headquarters - dubbed HQ2 - between two cities, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing a person familiar with the move.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, recently said that the company looked at data to help make its decision "but then you make that decision with your heart".

And now it ends up Amazon may decide on creating an HQ2 and HQ3. The process certainly hasn't been rushed, as it took Amazon until January of 2018 to release their 20 city shortlist. Each new office will bring 25,000 new jobs to whichever cities Amazon chooses.

Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City. Amazon's requirements included a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, close access to an global airport, and "a stable and business-friendly environment" offering "urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent".

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The bidding for Amazon has been intense since the company announced plans to build a second headquarters away from its Seattle hub.

The company's motive behind the decision is recruiting enough tech talent, the report said.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well.

Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions. Lending credence to the Crystal City speculation was a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, who lashed out at the leakers, saying they weren't "doing Crystal City, VA any favors".