Amazon In ‘Advanced Talks’ To Build New HQ In Virginia

Muriel Colon
November 6, 2018

However, the Post cautions that it does not mean the deal is certain and that other cities might have "similar discussions".

The decision process has been going on since at least the end of 2017 when Amazon essentially launched a contest that sparked competition among cities across the world, including in Seattle and other areas across Washington state.

Northern Virginia has always been seen as a favorite for Amazon HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will have room for up to 50,000 employees.

Amazon, which is headquartered in Seattle, is seriously considering an area known as Crystal City, a large residential and office complex in Arlington, Virginia, just south of Washington, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.

Washington-area leaders believe the project is theirs to lose, and that Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia would all benefit economically. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend.

If a company's location intent was judged by where its CEO flies, Grella said in a follow-up tweet, Amazon might also go to Davos, Switzerland; Sun Valley, Idaho; Rome or Hollywood, and Google, Facebook and Tesla might be relocating to "Black Rock Desert, NV", a reference to the annual Burning Man cultural festival.

In the Washington area, the anticipation is growing as hints filter out that Amazon is in the final stages of making a decision. "Starting to work on that level of detail with the finalists is something they absolutely are doing".

"What I pick up from residents is enthusiasm", she said.

In its 190-page bid submitted to Amazon in October Toronto offered up 10 locations across the region that it said would be suitable for the company's second headquarters, including a site in the Port Lands.

Both the city and county plan to appeal the ruling.

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