Sources close to the selection of Amazon's future second headquarters (HQ2) have reportedly released details that the company's refined shortlist comprises New York, Dallas, and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
Any announcement would come after midterm elections, the report said, adding that Amazon may be having similar discussions with other cities.
Under the new plan, the e-commerce giant will split the workforce with 25,000 employees in each city, the WSJ report https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-plans-to-split-hq2-evenly-between-two-cities-1541446552?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=3 said. Two HQ2 projects also ensure that Seattle remains Amazon's unequalled headquarters.
The Washington metropolitan area was long considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters. The District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery are among the 20 finalists and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched a joint-effort to land the online-retail behemoth in the DMV. The Wall Street Journal wrote over the weekend that the company was carrying out advanced talks with Dallas and New York City, in addition to Crystal City.
Amazon Director of Economic Development- Global Public Policy Mike Grella tweeted that whomever leaked word of the Amazon interest in Crystal City, VA.as its new home is "not doing Crystal City, VA. any favors". Such a move could also reduce the risk that Amazon's infusion of tens of thousands of workers into a city would have disruptive effects on housing, transportation or other urban issues.