Did Amazon’s Monumental HQ2 Choices Surprise You?
After 14 months of waiting, Amazon has finally announced the new locations for its East Coast headquarters. Rather than one central hub, the online-retail behemoth decided to split into two: Long Island City in Queens, N.Y., and Crystal City in Arlington, Va.—just outside of Washington. The company also plans to open a smaller location in Nashville, Tenn., which will become its Center of Excellence for its Operations business, which handles the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain and other similar items.
Amazon plans to invest roughly $5 billion to construct the locations, and each building will house 25,000 employees (Nashville will have 5,000 employees).
“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “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.”
Though there were 20 contenders for the new location, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that New York and Washington were chosen (yes, the physical address is in Virginia, but let’s be real—it’s basically D.C.). New York is to the East Coast what Silicon Valley is to the West Coast, and Bezos recently paid millions to own the Washington Post.
According to its website, Amazon was looking for a location with strong local and regional talent—particularly in software development and related fields. The site also notes that economic incentives played a part in the decision.