Amazon HQ2 to be split evenly between two cities

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

A family of New Yorkers earning $150,000 a year faces a state and local tax burden of 13.4 percent, according to the most recently published report.

NY seems to have won half of Amazon's "second headquarters", with the company reportedly close to splitting the new home office between Long Island City and Crystal City, Va.

As far as word from Amazon goes, there have been few official hints since the company announced their 20-city short list in January.

Amazon's decision to set up another headquarters set off an intense competition to win the company and its promise of 50,000 new jobs.

The company also apparently is concerned about the impact of quickly adding tens of thousands of workers have on housing prices and transportation infrastructure in any individual city. Speaking at an unrelated event at the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, Durkan was asked about Amazon's change of plans by KIRO's Graham Johnson.

Mayor Hogsett says he expects Amazon's decision soon after the midterm elections Tuesday so that the five billion dollar bombshell doesn't change any political races for the victor or the loser locations.

WRAL TechWire heard a similar report several weeks ago but was unable to confirm the story.

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Effectively, it means Amazon won't really have a true second headquarters, which is what some critics have been claiming all along.

People "close to the process" also told the Post that Amazon is debating "how an announcement about the move would be made to the public".

Tampa Bay was among the myriad of communities across the country that vied for attention from Amazon early in what's known as its HQ2 search. Amazon already employs more than 900 people in Austin.

The Post cited unnamed sources, who said Amazon is looking at Crystal City, Virginia, for its second headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday talks are still active in 20 cities, including Denver, Toronto, Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C. Amazon is believed to have been offered tax breaks by numerous 238 original bidding cities. "But the arrival of the new headquarters would nearly certainly mean that home prices would spike in Northern Virginia".

I'd love to see some of that innovative energy applied to helping neighborhood businesses and smaller retailers - those most threatened by Amazon's relentless march - embrace new technology and thrive.

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