Amazon in 'advanced talks' to pick Northern Virginia for second headquarters

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to put HQ2 in Northern Virginia: report

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to pick Northern Virginia for second headquarters

According to a report by The Washington Post, Amazon has held advanced discussions about putting the highly sought-after facility in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia.

In another tweet about an hour earlier, Grella criticized an earlier story in the Post - owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - for speculating about the possible second headquarters location based on flight patterns of Bezos' jet.

The decision process has been going on since at least the end of 2017 when Amazon essentially launched a contest that sparked competition among cities across the world, including in Seattle and other areas across Washington state. The judge ruled the city and county failed to prove the bid was exempt under the "Right-To-Know Law".

The newspaper said that the discussions have touched on how quickly Amazon could move employees to Crystal City, which buildings they would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director, addressed the "genius leaking info" about the plans in a tweet.

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The internet giant continues to assess 20 locations on its shortlist for its second headquarters ahead of its year-end deadline.

People close to the process told the Post that the company could move several hundred employees to one of two office buildings that have been slated for redevelopment. Crystal City is served by Washington's Metro subway system.

Amazon announced a year ago that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the USA, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin".

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment Saturday. A decision is scheduled by the end of the year, with 20 cities in the USA and Canada in the running.

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