Philadelphia Lingers On Amazon’s List Of Cities For Second Headquarters

Lloyd Doyle
November 5, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon will split the headquarters evenly between two locations with 25,000 employees in each city.

Last year's HQ2 announcement sparked a competition among more than 200 cities vying to win over the online behemoth.

Amazon's HQ2 gained attention as one of the biggest corporate projects in the United States, with the e-retailer planning to hire 50,000 workers and spend $5 billion.

Amazon's plans, the Journal reported, would place about 25,000 workers in each city, a move created to give the company a greater ability to attract talented workers.

By splitting the second headquarters, Amazon's Seattle office would remain its largest concentration of employees and the center of gravity for the tech giant.

Because Amazon is reportedly in "advanced talks" does not mean the deal is certain. It would also put less pressure on the cities' transportation infrastructure and housing markets than concentrating the project in one region. The company has satellite offices, Amazon Web Services centers, and warehouses across North America and it is constantly seeking opportunities to access new talent pools.

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.

The Washington Post touched off a feeding frenzy over the weekend when it reported that Amazon has held advanced talks about locating its second headquarters, with up to 50,000 jobs over the next 15 years, in Crystal City, a development in Arlington, Va.

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