Amazon reportedly making Long Island City one of two HQ2 locations

07 November, 2018, 11:10 | Author: Sally Reid
  • The Amazon Spheres are seen from Lenora Street the Space Needle in the background at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle

The newspapers cited unnamed people familiar with the matter in their reports. The paper cited unknown sources. The Seattle based biz finds these areas appealing due to their thousands of Amazon employees already in place in NYC and the DC area.

Roy Cooper was asked about the report Tuesday morning.

Amazon has been tight-lipped about the process and declined to comment on the latest news.

"You could look to Seattle and see that it's had great positive consequences, but it also probably has had some unintended ones that maybe aren't as well received", SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. real-estate analyst Michael Lewis said. The report centers on Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, specifically.

Company spokespeople reached by CBS News refused to comment on the stories.

Amazon could announce its decision at any time.

Cooper also deflected questions about the status of tech giant Apple's planned expansion from its Silicon Valley headquarters to Research Triangle Park.

"The driving force behind the decision to build two equal offices in addition to the company's headquarters in Seattle is recruiting enough tech talent, according to the person familiar with the company's plans", the Journal said.

It also could mean that other businesses would want to be located here.

Tampa Bay was among the myriad of communities across the country that vied for attention from Amazon early in what's known as its HQ2 search. We'll stay tuned, but for now our Mayor thinks this is good news.

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"My gut feeling is that the size of this project can not be easily supported by a single community, and therefore they will split this project into two communities", Austin economist Angelos Angelou, principal executive officer of economic development and site selection consulting firm AngelouEconomics, tells CultureMap.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data, but then you make that decision with your heart", he said.

The e-commerce giant elicited interest from dozens of potential host cities with the promise of hiring as many as 50,000 full-time employees and investing more than $5 billion into the construction project.

The New York Times added that Amazon also has more workers in those to two metropolitan regions than anywhere outside of Seattle, with 1,800 employees in New York City and 2,500 workers in the Washington area.

"I was afraid if we landed Amazon, they'd take all the oxygen out of the room", said David Townsend of real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank.

The final decision about HQ2 could be announced as soon as this week, the paper added.

Over the weekend: The Washington Post reportedover the weekend that Amazon is closing in on northern Virginia as a location for its second headquarters.

An Amazon executive in charge of economic development reacted in anger to the leak, saying a non-disclosure agreement had been violated. Then the New York Times confirmed the WSJ's scoop and added that New York City and a suburb of Washington, D.C., would get the highly sought after offices. According to the Journal's sources, talks with other cities - such as Denver, Toronto and Nashville - appear to have fizzled out.

Sources told WRAL TechWire that the Triangle had not been told that it no longer was under consideration as an HQ2 location.

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