Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
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Amazon may split HQ2 between two cities, WSJ reports

Amazon may split HQ2 between two cities, WSJ reports

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

The journal reports Amazon is discussing incentives with government officials in Crystal City and speaking with a real estate investment trust, which owns property in the city. The story suggested to many that Amazon was zeroing in on northern Virginia, one of three sites in and around Washington, D.C., that made the short list of places under consideration for HQ2.

Amazon narrowed the options down to 20 finalists earlier this year. Lending credence to the Crystal City speculation was a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, who lashed out at the leakers, saying they weren't "doing Crystal City, VA any favors". Although talks are still advancing with representatives in NY and Dallas, this could be to prime a backup location in case Crystal City falls through. "The Journal singled out Chicago and Miami as cities that were "[not] out of the running" despite recent contacts having apparently stopped.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo, told a NY conference earlier this week that "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, the best way to make it is you collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart".

The Washington metropolitan area was long considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters.

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