Amazon’s “second headquarters” is being split between New York City and the Washington suburbs, the US tech giant announced Tuesday, capping a yearlong contest that saw dozens of cities fight it out for a promised $5 billion investment and 50,000 expected jobs.
The chosen locations are Long Island City neighborhood in the New York borough of Queens, across the East River from Manhattan, and the Crystal City section of Arlington in Northern Virginia, across the Potomac from the US capital.
“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come,” Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. These will be new headquarters with equivalent status to Amazon’s home in Seattle, in the northwestern US state of Washington.
According to an Amazon statement, the company will receive “performance-based direct incentives of USD 1.525 billion” over the next decade from New York based on creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called New York’s selection “a giant step” in the city’s development.“New Yorkers will get tens of thousands of new, good-paying jobs, and Amazon will get the best talent anywhere in the world,” he said.
Amazon said it expected its investment would boost tax revenue for Virginia by some USD 3.2 billion over the next 20 years. Neil Saunders of the research firm GlobalData said the new locations make sense for Amazon as it seeks proximity to political power, fashion and technology talent.