Amazon Plot Twist: 2 Cities Will Split The 2nd Headquarters

Amazon Exec Rips `Leaking&apos to Bezos&apos Post on Headquarters

The company's director of economic development had a sharp rebuke after reports over the weekend said the retailer is planning to build the second headquarters in Crystal City, Va. "That's what they say, right?"

Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's requirements for a new locale: Both are near metropolitan areas with more than a million people, have nearby global airports, direct access to mass transit and have room for the company to expand.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported Amazon's decision to pick two new locations instead of one.About 1,800 people in advertising, fashion and publishing already work for Amazon in NY, and roughly 2,500 corporate and technical employees work in Northern Virginia and Washington.Amazon narrowed the list to 20 cities in January, and in recent weeks, smaller locations appeared to fall out of the running.

Newark was named as one of 20 finalists for the second headquarters, colloquially known as HQ2. It could also give the company greater leverage in negotiating tax incentives, experts said."Even if the most obvious reasons appear to be about attracting more tech workers, the P.R. and government incentives benefits could help, too", said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, the online jobs site.

"In addition to Amazon's direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community". The state also offered a tax break worth up to $5 billion for Amazon. Others have expressed concern that "winning" the HQ2 contest could ultimately lead to a rise in housing costs in the selected city, much like what happened in Seattle in the years after Amazon's growth. Some hired McKinsey & Company and other outside consultants to help them with their bids, investing heavily in courting Amazon and its promise of 50,000 jobs.

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"I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", he said. "So we're going to continue to benefit as we go forward". The candy was produced in 1941 at a factory in Clinton Hill.

Amazon has been tight-lipped about the process and declined to comment on the latest news.

"Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection", said a post on his Twitter account Saturday, one of several recently complaining about articles on the subject.

What the piece does not mention is that Crystal City is located adjacent to The Pentagon and just across the Potomac river from the USA seat of government Washington DC. "And stop treating the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) you signed like a used napkin". Other cities officially in the running included New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Denver and Dallas.

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