Second Amazon headquarters a tale of two cities

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You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. "Citizens have no idea what their elected officials have promised to a company headed by the richest person on earth".

"One of the questions that I'm left with following this reporting that there might be two cities instead of just whether this will change the incentives that some of the cities are offering in their draft plan", Axios reporter Shannon Vavra told Cheddar Tuesday. That would place the operations in an area of Queens directly across the East River from Manhattan.

Over the past weekend, The Washington Post reported that Northern Virginia's Crystal City was in advanced talks with Amazon for the second headquarters. Not far behind is Newark, New Jersey, which announced $7 billion in incentives to attract the company.

The HQ2 split also could help Amazon ease the same degree of congestion and jump in costs of living that led to unrest in Seattle. "When you get into the clutter of Queens and Manhattan and that area, and you've got a little bit of busyness in the Arlington area because of D.C., it's not sure what the advantage is to Amazon of having a headquarters there, other than just being close to D.C. if they want to talk to regulators, and close to NYC because it's the biggest city in the country", Clouse said. Amazon also said it was looking for communities that offer a "stable and business-friendly" environment and access to mass transit. Each location gave the company detailed information about its local labor markets, real estate situation, transportation infrastructure and regional educational institutions, according to the requirements in Amazon's request for proposal document. Collectively, Amazon will still hire a total of 50,000 new employees.

A spokesman for the Dallas Regional Chamber declined to comment.

The two cities to be chosen aren't known, nor when they will be named, though the New York Times reported Monday they will be Northern Virginia and New York City. Instead of Arlington, Virginia, Sperling suggests that Amazon should consider building its own community in Oatlands, Virginia, which is now rural and undeveloped, but still relatively close to D.C.

Since it kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September 2017, Amazon has promised to bring 50,000 new high-paying jobs to one location, which founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said would be "a full equal" to its Seattle home base. Inc.'s yearlong search for a second headquarters is nearing an end, people with knowledge of the matter said.

There also have been concerns that Amazon would suck up all of New York's top tech talent, which is in short supply. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled plans for an office expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs by 2021 in fields including machine learning and robotics. Amazon already employs more than 900 people in Austin. That's expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders.

"There's also a lot of folks online who are giving Amazon flack for not necessarily considering cities and locations that are more rural and considered mid-America where a job injection could be particularly helpful", Vavra said.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition.