Why Amazon chooses Northern Virginia, NYC for new headquarters


WASHINGTON – Amazon has chosen Northern Virginia and New York City as the locations for the company’s newest headquarters, according to a new report.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers remarks at a White House event in 2016.

  • Amazon is close to announcing the location of its second North American headquarters, and many suspect that DC will be the winner.
  • We asked Washington, DC startups whether they were fearful or enthusiastic about Amazon’s possible arrival.
  • While many of them value the company’s ability to attract talent, they shared a few concerns.

The project is expected to bring 25,000 jobs to each of the locations.

The 20 finalists for HQ2 also included Washington D.C. and Montgomery County in Maryland.

The D.C. region was seen as a favorite to land the new headquarters, as many drew connections between founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and the nation’s capital after he purchased the Washington Post and a mansion in D.C.’s prominent Kalorama neighborhood.

Amazon is also familiar with Northern Virginia with data centers in Ashburn, Sterling, Chantilly, Manassas and Haymarket.

Long Island City in Queens is one of the fastest-developing neighborhoods in New York City.

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