Amazon to split second headquarters into 2 locations

Amazon to split second headquarters into 2 locations

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".

Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City.

At the time of writing, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Amazon may be splitting its future HQ2 across two cities, with 25,000 employees in each.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Amazon was in advanced discussions with the Washington suburb of Crystal City, Virginia, for the second headquarters.

More than a year after Amazon announced that it was searching for a second headquarters, the company has chose to split the new offices between two cities, according to a person familiar with Amazon's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

A decision could come as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Philadelphia is one the 20 cities on the short list.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters.

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.

Opening two offices instead of one second headquarters is a departure from what Amazon originally said it had planned.

"Typically, the CEO and the senior staff actually visit the specific sites late in the process", said John Boyd, a New Jersey relocation consultant.

This report was seemingly corroborated in a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's Director of Economic Development, admonishing the source who leaked the Crystal City negotiations to WaPo.

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