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Amazon may split new headquarters between two cities

06 November 2018

According to a new report, the leading candidates for Amazon's second North American headquarters are Dallas, New York City, and a DC suburb. If it does turn out to be Crystal City and New York City, we hope Amazon has a plan for how to deal with all the traffic.

Amazon.com Inc is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The WSJ says Amazon will do a split of its second headquarters across two cities.

While no official statements have been made yet, JBG Smith, Crystal City's top real estate developer, is said to have already taken some of its properties off the leasing market.

Amazon began soliciting proposals for HQ2 in the fall of 2017.

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. Dallas and Austin are among the 20 finalists that Amazon identified in January for its $5 billion investment to house as many as 50,000 employees over the next decade. He declined to comment on other speculative reports.

The Journal reported that the surprise decision is "driven by the need to recruit enough tech talent and to support Amazon's growth".

Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions.

Amazon expects to make its decision by the end of the year.

Amazon may split new headquarters between two cities