Amazon to split HQ2 evenly between two cities

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

The Washington Post reported that Amazon was looking at real estate in Crystal City for its second headquarters. Amazon has not made a final decision on which two cities would be chosen, the report said.

And now it ends up Amazon may decide on creating an HQ2 and HQ3.

Citing an anonymous source familiar with Amazon's plans, the highly-sought-after second headquarters will go to two cities in order to recruit enough tech talent, according the report.

Philadelphia is one the 20 cities on the short list.

The announcement kicked off one of the most extraordinary economic development contests in history, putting cities in competition with one another as they sought to land the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion investment Amazon that dangled in its request for proposals.

The company stipulated that it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

The bidding for Amazon has been intense since the company announced plans to build a second headquarters away from its Seattle hub. New York City and Newark, New Jersey, are among the finalists, as are Washington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. The Journal story came a day afterThe Washington Post reported that the Virginia suburb, located smack dab between the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan National Airport, was engaged in advanced planning for HQ2, down to specific buildings and employee moving plans.

"Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, Va as #HQ2 selection".

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