The Pick is In: Amazon to Select Northern Virginia, Long Island City for HQ2 Locations
After a little more than a year hunting for a second home, Amazon has reportedly made its final decision on where to settle down. And, much like analysts have come to expect over the past week or so, the company’s indecisiveness has resulted in a bit of a surprise decision: Amazon will turn its HQ2 into more of an HQ2. According to a report late Monday night by the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle-based company will evenly divide its second headquarters between Crystal City in Arlington County, Virginia, and Long Island CIty in New York City.
“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, said in a statement announcing the new headquarters. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”
In addition, Amazon announced that it will open a Center of Excellence for its Operations business in Nashville, which will create more than 5,000 jobs. That center, the company explained, will be located in downtown Nashville and will be responsible for Amazon's customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chair, and other similar activities. The hiring at all three new locations will begin in early 2019.