Amazon has announced that its second US headquarters will be split between two cities, with smaller-than-expected new offices in the New York borough of Queens and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. The announcement caps a year of deliberations that saw over 200 frenzied proposals offering billions in incentives to the e-commerce giant. Amazon had previously promised that the development would bring 50,000 jobs to the state of its choice, along with $5 billion of capital spending. The choice for the Long Island City neighborhood and Washington suburb has some calling the so-called contest a con job, since Amazon already employs more people in those two areas than anywhere outside of its Seattle HQ and the Bay Area. In other words, the ruse of uprooting operations probably helped Amazon extract more favorable tax subsidies and incentives from local governments. News of the possibility that Amazon would choose multiple locations was first reported by The Wall Street Journal in early November. Alongside the news of its headquarters, Amazon also announced that Nashville will play host to its new East Coast operations hub. This office will bring jobs for 5,000 workers to the city. Amazon started moving into its current Seattle headquarters in 2010, but announced in September 2017 that it was seeking a location to base its second North American headquarters in. At the beginning of this year, it announced the 20 finalists which included cities from across the USA and Canada. The cities have been fighting hard for Amazon’s… [Read full story]
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