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New report says Amazon’s HQ2 announcement is on the way; there’s a lot of confusion on its location


November 07, 2018

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The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Amazon is closing in on northern Virginia as a location for its second headquarters.

What’s going on: The Post cited unnamed sources, who said Amazon is looking at Crystal City, Virginia, for its second headquarters.

  • The report said, “the discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs.”

More evidence: JBG Smith, a top real estate developer in that area, pulled leasing locations in that area, too, igniting rumors that Amazon will move its location to Virginia, USA Today reports.

Timing: Amazon is thinking about when to time an announcement on the new location, according to The Washington Post. It's unclear when Amazon will make the official announcement.

But: Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development of public policy, slammed the report in a tweet over the weekend, saying that Crystal City isn't necessarily the location.

  • “Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection. You’re not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin,” the tweet said.

Bigger picture: No one's really sure where Amazon will put its second headquarters, though the announcement will come at the end of the year.

  • Amazon may also be leaning toward Austin, Texas, for its next location as well, CNBC reports.

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