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NY is one of the finalists in Amazon's search to build another headquarters, according to a person familiar with the talks.

NY seems to have won half of Amazon's "second headquarters", with the company reportedly close to splitting the new home office between Long Island City and Crystal City, Va. Bruce Harrell, the president of our City Council, even signed an executive order officially applying Seattle to be Amazon's HQ2, which was pretty embarrassing and made us seem like someone taking a breakup especially poorly.

After naming 20 finalist cities this January, Amazon plans to announce a victor city by year's end.

The expected 50,000 people who will eventually work at the new headquarters will bring a huge economic boost to the winning city - or cities. The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.

New York City put up four neighborhoods as possible HQ2 sites in its bid. It simply isn't in its DNA to engage with the local business ecosystem, in either Seattle or Boston - unless there is something obviously in it for Amazon - like recruiting employees or persuading software developers to use technologies such as Alexa.

A company spokesman, Adam Sedo, reached by phone in Seattle said that Amazon would not comment on "rumors and speculation".

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On November 5, The Wall Street Journal reported Amazon's surprising plan to divide HQ2 into two.

Amazon laid out a variety of requirements for the location of its new headquarters, including proximity to an global airport.

Take these rumors with a grain of salt until Amazon makes its official announcement.

Virginia officials and some state lawmakers were recently briefed by the head of the state's economic development office that Amazon was considering splitting up its second headquarters, according to a person familiar with the matter.

While Dallas is reportedly on the short-list with New York City and Crystal Beach in Virginia, there's a renewed interest in a huge piece of property in Downtown Dallas. "As a leading innovator across a range of industries, Amazon will draw other companies that want to poach its well-trained talent and who want to tap into the resources of the company". Scores of cities rushed to tout their strengths and offer tax incentives to become a second home for Amazon, its spending and its jobs. Nearly 240 municipalities responded, trying to lure the tech giant with marketing gimmicks, promises of new transit lines and, as proposals trickled out, billions in tax incentives.


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