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

Dallas and New York also still in Amazon HQ2 finalist pool report says

Amazon has fuelled an economic boom in its hometown of Seattle, where it is also often blamed for traffic problems and skyrocketing housing costs that squeeze some residents out of the city.

Just when you thought the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes couldn't get crazier, it did.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, quoting a source, that Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities.

Seattle-based Amazon is in talks with JBG Smith Properties JBGS.N about the real estate it owns in Crystal City, while negotiating with Virginia officials on incentives, the report said.

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The retailer previously announced 20 finalists in North America for its planned investment of $5 billion and 50,000 jobs. The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.

Amazon's final decision could be announced this month, the WSJ reported.

The Journal reported that the surprise decision is "driven by the need to recruit enough tech talent and to support Amazon's growth". And transit issues are also a factor, the report said.

Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions. Amazon's HQ2 choice will depend heavily on currying favor from cities and states, and that means addressing their concerns about the impact of having many workers flood into a given area. "If Amazon ends up splitting its expansion into mini HQs, that is called.opening satellite offices, which scarcely deserves the buckets of ink spilled so far", said Nick Wingfield of The Information.

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