Will Amazon Open HQ2 in Northern Virgina?

Online retail and tech giant Amazon has been looking for a location for its new headquarters.  Obviously, the company has been expanding, and a new HQ—preferably at a distance from its original HQ in Seattle—has been in the works, with “advanced discussions” happing all over the country.  This week, however, it seems that Crystal City, Virginia—which is just outside of Washington DC—is now on the shortlist.

That shortlist is down from the already narrowed down list of 20 that Amazon announced back in January.  Those locations included, in addition to Northern Virginia:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Nashville, TN
  • NYC, NY
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Washington, DC
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anyone of these cities, of course, would be very happy to open Amazon’s second headquarters.  After all, the company plans to invest $5 billion in the facility, which will create roughly 50,000 jobs.  As such, Amazon reports it will be making its final decision on the new location very soon.

A couple of people who have some intimate knowledge regarding Amazon’s selection process have testified that Amazon will move an initial group of a few hundred existing employees into operations if Crystal City is chosen. In this city, the company has identified two dated office buildings that have already been targeted for redevelopment and could easily be ready for occupancy within the next nine months.

But that is apparently all the insider information we are going to be able to get on the goings on with Amazon’s search for a new HQ. Neither Amazon spokespeople nor local officials (in the respective cities) have been willing to disclose information or even comment on the process so far.  However, corporate relation experts and stock market investors alike all seem to be placing their bets on Northern Virginia as the winning location. And speaking of placing bets:  even online betting sites seem to have the odds in favor of Crystal City.

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