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

Amazon's Seattle HQ

Amazon's Seattle HQ

City and state lawmakers nationwide created economic incentives in a bid to attract Amazon's second headquarters, that would bring in 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment.

Bud Perrone, a spokesman for JBG Smith, Crystal City's top developer, declined to comment.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Amazon's director of economic development Mike Grella blasted the unnamed sources leaking information about the e-tailer's HQ2 decision.

Crystal City, with easy transit access, proximity to Reagan National Airport, and ready-to-occupy office buildings, has always been considered a strong contender.

While it is possible that Amazon is having similar advanced talks with others on its short list of 20 regions, none have become public. But Ash said there have been ongoing discussions with Amazon about other opportunities. Metro D.C. has always been viewed as a favorite, thanks to its well-educated workforce, proximity to the federal government, and the fact that Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and a large home there.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, asked on WTOP Radio on Wednesday about speculation that Crystal City was the front-runner said, "A lot of us are anxiously awaiting a decision, an announcement from Amazon". Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus recently upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold" and say just the possibility that Amazon chooses Crystal City has added four or five dollars to the company's stock price.

Amazon plans to make its announcement by the end of the year. He's the owner of The Washington Post and owns a home in the area. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin", he said, in reference to the non-disclosure agreement that all finalists had to sign. "The search team has earned his trust and the highest use of his time isn't looking at vacant buildings and land- he has a company to run -#Amazon".

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