Amazon in late-stage talks with US cities for second headquarters

Daniel Fowler
November 6, 2018

Inside Amazon's Day 1 tower in Seattle.

Just when you thought the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes couldn't get crazier, it did.

Amazon plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two cities, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.

In September, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company would announce a decision on where it would build a second headquarters before the end of the year. And transit issues are also a factor, the report said.

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. Two of the biggest known packages include Montgomery County, Maryland, which offered $8.5 billion in incentives, and Newark, New Jersey, which offered $7 billion.

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South Florida leaders said Monday that Amazon is still in discussions about bringing high-skilled workers to Miami, despite reports in other media that might indicate otherwise.

While nothing is set in stone, Amazon seems to be furthest along in the selection process with Crystal City-up to the point of scouting out potential real estate locations in the city and discussing how long it would take to move in a first wave of employees.

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

"This should serve as a moment of reflection for everyone involved in the HQ2 hype (me included). HQ2 and HQ2.1? Or HQ2A and HQ2B?"

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