It's Offical: Amazon Chooses Northern Virginia, NYC for Split HQ2

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with renderings of Anable Basin

New York City and Arlington, Virginia, won the competition Tuesday to house Amazon's two new offices, which are being called the second and third headquarters locations for the Seattle online retailer.

In its announcement, Amazon said it could receive more than $2 billion in tax incentives from the two locations. "While I am proud Boston was named to Amazon's shortlist for its second North American headquarters, our future will not be defined by a single company as we continue to plan for equitable, sustainable growth".

Amazon said in the same statement it would create a new logistical "center of excellence" for "fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities" in Nashville, Tennessee, creating some 5,000 jobs.

"We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia", Bezos said.

Amazon's search for a second headquarters captured the attention of almost every economic development agency in the country, with more than 200 submitting bids to land what had originally been described as 50,000 jobs and billions in investment.

It said on Tuesday it will receive performance-based direct incentives of US$1.525 billion from the state of NY, based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City. Early this year, Indianapolis was named one of 20 finalists for the project.

Virginia is shelling out $573 million in incentives for Amazon's move to Crystal City, which the company is rebranding as "National Landing".

As many as 50,000 jobs would be divided evenly between the two cities, according to these reports.

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According to the university, the new million-square-foot campus is created to draw in graduate and undergraduate students for computer science, computer engineering, software engineering and related studies - exactly the kinds of talent pools that Amazon has been looking for to staff its new headquarters.

Cities and states promised billions of dollars of tax breaks and other inducements in exchange for Amazon's so-called HQ2.

"It has access to commuter rail, mass transit, nine area highways and easy access to the airport", Tate said.

It's official: Boston has lost Amazon's Great HQ2 bake-off.

The Seattle-based company made its long-awaited announcement Tuesday, saying Long Island City and Alexandria, Virginia, will each get 25,000 jobs.

Amazon hopes to invest $230 million Dollars (roughly $304 million CAD) to create approximately 5,000 jobs in the region.

Amazon said the split would give it more geographic diversity for recruiting and could also help lessen congestion and cost-of-living increases that would have accompanied one bigger office.

Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's other requirements: be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand.

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