Amazon has picked 2 cities for its HQ2 locations, report says

Posted Nov 5, 2018

Amazon reportedly plans to split its second headquarters between two sites in Queens and a Washington, D.C. suburb, dashing hopes of Newark hosting the online shopping behemoth's new base.

The company is working to finalize a deal that would divide 50,000 employees between Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia instead of a single HQ2 site, the New York Times reported Monday night, citing sources familiar with the process.

The Times report came after the Wall Street Journal earlier on Monday reported Amazon would split its HQ2 between two cities. Cities around the country promised millions in tax breaks to lure the retail giant.

Newark offered up $2 billion in tax breaks while New Jersey approved an added $5 billion in incentives.

"It's not over 'till the fat lady sings," Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said earlier when reports surfaced that Amazon would not pick New Jersey's largest city. "We're just glad to be here, we have already benefited from being in the running."

Amazon's HQ2 was expected to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investments to whichever city the company picked.

An online oddsmaker in September gave Newark long odds for scoring Amazon's new office, placing it above only Miami and Los Angeles, California on a list of top picks.



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