Everything we know about Amazon's HQ2 search

Ann Santiago
November 7, 2018

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US, January 29, 2016.

Amazon reportedly will split its second headquarters between two communities, rather than putting it in one place, meaning Austin or Dallas could land 25,000 jobs created by the e-commerce giant.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data, but then you make that decision with your heart", he said. On Saturday, as my colleague Chris Matyszczyk explained, The Washington Post (owned of course by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported that Crystal City, Virginia, just outside Washington, was in final talks with Amazon.

"For instance, does it make it like less of an incentive for Amazon to go to NY because instead of offering 50,000 jobs, they'll only be able to offer about 25,000 jobs?" The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development. Another will be Long Island City, in the NY borough of Queens, other people said. NY and Arlington will reportedly get Amazon, but they won't get HQ2.

After it became clear finding a city that could lure 50,000 highly-paid tech workers wasn't as easy as it had thought, the Seattle company plans to add two new headquarters instead of one, both to spread the wealth and to give it access to the widest possible array of technical talent.

In brief comments to the Miami Herald Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Amazon has continued to ask for information related to Miami's HQ2 bid, the details of which remain exempt from Florida's Sunshine laws. On Monday, hours before the news of the split locations broke, Governor Andrew (for now) Cuomo announced his willingness to "change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes".

Outside Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.

Seven years ago, Amazon began building its engineering office in Kendall Square.

The plane has not been to 11 of the 20 finalist cities at all, the Post report said. By doing so, Amazon will disperse the pressures on housing, transportation, and talent that HQ2 will intensify.

Amazon already employs 600,000. Many cities offered sizable tax incentives in an effort to attract Amazon's interest.

The company's current market value is about $800 billion and analysts estimate Amazon will generate more than $230 billion in sales this year, according to FactSet.

Grella leads economic development for Amazon Web Services and has not been involved at all in the HQ2 search, a source familiar with the matter told CNN Business.

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