Amazon will open separate HQ2 locations in 2 different cities

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The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, quoting a source, that Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities.

The Seattle content and e-commerce giant has been seeking a city for its second headquarters since 2017, and has been wooed by a host of big locations anxious to lure the estimated 50,000 jobs that would be created.

Any announcement would come after midterm elections, the report said, adding that Amazon may be having similar discussions with other cities.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters.

Amazon's shortlist of potential second headquarter sites appeared to get smaller over the weekend. A recent report from CBRE estimated that more than 160,000 D-FW residents work in the tech sector, with an average wage of nearly $97,000.

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The company will choose two locations instead of one, according to the Wall Street Journal, which said one location lacked sufficient technology talent.

The journal reports Amazon is discussing incentives with government officials in Crystal City and speaking with a real estate investment trust, which owns property in the city.

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Boston made the top 20 list of contenders to be the new home for Amazon's HQ2, and some considered it among the top choices due to the region's universities, tech economy, and skilled workforce. 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. Both the city and county plan to appeal that decision.

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