Two cities will split Amazon HQ2

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

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

Amazon first announced the search for a second home in September of 2017, and 238 cities from across the USA and Canada all put in their bid to attract the online retail giant and its shiny new $5 billion headquarters and associated 50,000 jobs.

Bezos himself said last week that he'd make the final decision guided by intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart", he said at a conference in NY last week.

Officials in Amazon's final 20 for HQ2, including Pittsburgh, were required to sign non-disclosure agreements barring them from talking about the process to the media.

Over the weekend, The Washington Post - which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - reported that the Seattle-based Internet giant was in "advanced talks" about locating the new offices in Crystal City, Va.

Under the latest plan, the company would hire about 25,000 employees in each city, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Washington metropolitan area was long considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon is already familiar with Northern Virginia as it has data centers nearby in Ashburn, Sterling, Chantilly, Manassas and Haymarket. The company declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal's story. 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".

A judge ruled last week that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County must make public in 30 days the bid submitted to Amazon for HQ2.

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