Amazon Reportedly Changes Plans: Now Settling On Finalists For HQ2 - And HQ3

Dallas and New York also still in Amazon HQ2 finalist pool report says

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

Things got more interesting when Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, posted on Twitter: "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection". 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.

After more than a year of searching-and a fierce bidding war among cities across America and Canada-Amazon has made a decision to abandon plans to build a second headquarters that would be the "full equal" of its Seattle base, insiders say. The company reportedly is in advanced discussions with Crystal City in Northern Virginia, Dallas and New York City, the Journal reports. The sources say the company has chose to change its approach so it can attract more tech talent, and so it can lessen the impact a massive new base would have on housing and transit in its chosen cities. The Journal says a decision and announcement could come as soon as this week.

Amazon estimates HQ2 will bring more than $5 billion in construction investments and as many as 50,000 jobs to the city amidst decades of ongoing investment in the surrounding community.

The Seattle-based company has been looking for a second location, dubbed HQ2, since September 2017. It also wanted a city with more than 1 million people, an airport within a 45 minute drive, direct access to mass transit and room to expand.

However, until Amazon officially announces its HQ2 winners, there are reasons for pause.

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"I am doing everything I can", Cuomo told reporters when asked Monday about the state's efforts to lure the company. "We've had great meetings, it's been very positive".

"I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", Cuomo said.

Most of the cities that made the shortlist were located along the East Coast and in the Midwest. Indianapolis is one of 20 finalists for the project. When the company announced a list of 20 top contenders in January, it included both Washington as well as Montgomery County, Maryland, which is just north of D.C.

"There is a ton of real estate already there, a lot of which is immediately available because it never fully recovered after the Department of Defense left", Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jeffrey Langbaum said.

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