Amazon may split HQ2 between two cities, WSJ reports

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will split its much-anticipated HQ2 between two yet-to-be-named cities. Amazon would split the workforce equally among the two new locations, creating 25,000 new jobs in each city.

Any announcement would come after midterm elections, the report said, adding that Amazon may be having similar discussions with other cities. Several state and local governments threw their hats in the ring, offering Amazon millions in tax incentives if they opened their new headquarters in their city.

Officials in Amazon's final 20 for HQ2, including Pittsburgh, were required to sign non-disclosure agreements barring them from talking about the process to the media. Washington has consistently been identified as the likely victor by various pundits, economists and think tanks, most often citing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' ties to the area through his ownership of the Washington Post, a second home there and the growing importance of the federal government as both a customer and potential regulatory threat to Amazon.

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Because Amazon is reportedly in "advanced talks" does not mean the deal is certain.

Northern Virginia was always a favored contender to receive HQ2 owing to its proximity to Washington D.C. Earlier leaks had Amazon choosing between cities like Arlington's Crystal City, Dallas and New York City. Amazon has fuelled an economic boom in its hometown of Seattle, where it is also often blamed for traffic problems and skyrocketing housing costs that squeeze some residents out of the city.

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