This is where Amazon will build its two new headquarters

Ann Santiago
November 14, 2018

"Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington". They added that they "were not elected to serve as Amazon drones".

Seriously, would you wear these nose warmers?

The new headquarters will be split between Northern Virginia and Long Island City, Queens.

This wasn't the first news of a rebranding that came about during the HQ2 selection process. NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and State Senator Mike Gianaris both specifically knocked the deal for excluding input from those living in the community. But it did just invent a whole new city.

Amazon's statement said it would create four million square feet (370,000 square meters) of office space in NY, with an option to double that, and that the overall investment would boost tax revenue by some $10 billion over 20 years.

In a way, the New York and Northern Virginia sites make sense, as the company had asked in its RFP specifically for "daily direct flights" to Seattle, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington DC. "Now we are focused on making a case for Amazon HQ-LatAm, based on initial reports neither of the new HQ2 locations could compete or compare to a SoFL location for a Latin American head quarters".

"While Philadelphia was not ultimately chosen for Amazon's HQ2, I thank Amazon for its consideration and am honored that we were among the top contenders", Kenney said. National Landing will also include parts of neighboring Pentagon City and Potomac Yard in Alexandria.

The aforementioned location is actually known to residents as Crystal City.

- Amazon will also apply for as-of-right incentives including New York City's Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program and New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program.

There were early signs that Amazon had its sights set on NY and northern Virginia.

"One of the things I do know about in life: You don't succeed unless you try", the mayor said. But, as MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle points out, even if your city submitted a proposal for HQ2, Jeff Bezos likely extracted something out of your community too. The company claims that its Long Island City campus will create $10 billion in incremental tax income over the next 20 years. However, it seems like it could have been more of a data collection scheme than just an advertising gimmick.

Amazon hasn't explained how the money and jobs might be divvied up across two different sites.

"Massachusetts is the proud home of almost 4,000 Amazon jobs located in numerous facilities across the Commonwealth, including the headquarters for Amazon Robotics in North Reading and the creation of an additional 2,000 Amazon jobs in Boston's Seaport district by 2021", the state economic development office said in a statement. But only time will tell if the bargain is ultimately worth it.

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