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. First, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon would not choose a single city for its second headquarters, but rather split its promised 50,000 extra employees between two different cities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking to NY1 today, said that as far as he knew, Amazon had not "made a final decision".
Amazon representatives did not comment on reports of two cities splitting the second headquarters.
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"For instance, does it make it like less of an incentive for Amazon to go to NY because instead of offering 50,000 jobs, they'll only be able to offer about 25,000 jobs?" Both newspapers cited unnamed people familiar with the decision-making process. That led journalists, residents and politicians to look for clues in new job postings and the flight path of the corporate jet used by Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive. The report centers on Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, specifically.
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Mayor Hogsett says he expects Amazon's decision soon after the midterm elections Tuesday so that the five billion dollar bombshell doesn't change any political races for the victor or the loser locations.
"It will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle", the company said in a previous statement. In early 2018, it released its list of 20 finalists. Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, a Washington suburb, one of the people said. The cost of living in D.C. or NY is not notably cheaper than Silicon Valley, he said.
Localities have been competing to offer tax breaks, real estate plots, and other benefits to lure Amazon (amzn).
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"It gives us a new source of growth", said Mitchell Moss, the Henry Hart Rice professor of urban policy and planning at NYU. And a big part of Amazon's hunt for the so-called HQ2 always seemed about generating favorable publicity for the trillion-dollar Godzilla's monster holiday season.