Second Amazon headquarters a tale of two cities

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

Leading candidate for Amazon’s new HQ is DC suburb, report says

Bezos owns the Washington Post and a home in the prominent Kalorama neighborhood.

Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2.

The Washington Post reported Saturday Amazon has inquired how quickly it can move employees to northern Virginia to staff the campus and how the announcement should be made. When Amazon released the original call for applications last September, property owners in 23 different neighborhoods-including Williamsburg and Sunset Park-cobbled together proposals at the request of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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That would size the mini HQ2s somewhere between Amazon's 45,000-strong Seattle headquarters and the company's 18 satellite offices in cities across the US and Canada.

The Crystal City location would put Amazon just outside Washington, D.C. Betting websites are picking Northern Virginia as the victor.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well. Some hired McKinsey & Co. and other outside consultants to help them with their bids, investing heavily in courting Amazon and its promise of 50,000 jobs.

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The tightening labor market has intensified competition for top talent, creating an impetus for Amazon to look beyond the boomtown of Seattle in its search for software engineers, cloud-computing experts and machine learning gurus. He put out a call on Twitter previous year for philanthropic ideas.

Amazon has also made it very clear that it wants tax breaks, grants and many other incentives. "It's nearly like people want it to happen, and are afraid of what would happen if it does".

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