Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near DC

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

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

Amazon will not choose one city to open its second headquarters - "HQ2" - but instead will split the baby and open two new headquarters in different cities, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The e-commerce giant previous year announced plans to invest US$5 billion in a second headquarters and hire up to 50,000 people, setting off a frenzy of interest from cities in the USA and Canada.

Philadelphia is one the 20 cities on the short list. Amazon's requirements included a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, close access to an global airport, and "a stable and business-friendly environment" offering "urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent". The company had promised to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs and $5 billion in construction to HQ2's home.

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However, until Amazon officially announces its HQ2 winners, there are reasons for pause. The difficulty in acquiring enough tech talent for the massive hub, the report says, is the primary driver for that decision.

A spokesperson for Amazon declined to comment on the report.

Crystal City seems to be the surest bet at this point. The paper was also told that Amazon would be able to use a pair of buildings to host "several hundred employees" within nine months if the city is chosen.

Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions. No major announcement will come until after the midterm elections on November 6, but the selection of the final site is slated to be revealed before the end of the year.

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