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Amazon holding advanced second-headquarters talks with Virginia city

Amazon holding advanced second-headquarters talks with Virginia city

However, the Post cautions that it does not mean the deal is certain and that other cities might have "similar discussions".

At a conference in NY on Thursday, CEO Jeff Bezos - who said in October that Amazon will decide before the end of the year where HQ2 will be - told attendees the decision would ultimately be based on his intuition.

Spokesmen for Amazon and JBG Smith declined to comment, as did Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.

Toronto was the only Canadian city to make Amazon's shortlist for hosting its headquarters, but, if the Washington Post report is correct, it looks like hopes from Canada's largest city have been dashed.

The Walsh administration a year ago submitted the Suffolk Downs site in East Boston as the "perfect match" for Amazon's second headquarters.




Citing unnamed "public and private sector officials", the Post reported that a major landlord in Crystal City has taken buildings off the leasing market in anticipation of Amazon, which has said it plans to open an initial 500,000-square-foot office in 2019, and government officials are reportedly discussing how to make a public announcement in November after the midterm elections.

"There's a lot of activity", one individual close to the process told the Post. The Triangle is one of 20 finalists that also include Austin, Atlanta and Nashville. The company has said it would invest $5 billion in the new headquarters. An announcement is rumored for November, according to the Post.

"What I pick up from residents is enthusiasm", she said.

Amazon is expected to make its decision before the end of the year. Right now the region is only on pace to add about 170,000 new units by then, and the shortage threatens to exacerbate inequality. "The economic growth that has been going on has been benefiting some people and causing problems for others". But its growth has led to fissures between the company and Seattle.


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