Amazon selects New York and north Virginia for $5bn HQ

Technology and retail giant Amazon has announced that it will split its second North American headquarters between Arlington, Virginia, and the city of New York.

Amazon said it would invest $5bn in the sites, creating 25,000 jobs in each.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, said: "These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities."

The base in Arlington will be located in National Landing and the New York centre will be in Long Island, Queens.

The New York office will be a 4 million sq ft development that can be expanded to 8 million. In return, the company is to receive $1.5bn in "performance-based direct incentives" over the next decade.

In Arlington, Amazon’s headquarters will be located less than 3 miles from downtown Washington. Amazon will receive incentives of $573m.

Virginia will also invest $195m in neighbourhood infrastructure, including improvements to the Crystal City and a future Potomac Yards Metro stations, and a pedestrian bridge connecting National Landing with Reagan National Airport.

Amazon will also develop a $230m Operations Centre of Excellence in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs and 1 million sq ft of office space, receiving $102m in incentives.

Amazon said hiring for the new sites would begin in 2019.

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