Virginia officials were briefed on idea that Amazon may split up HQ2

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In January, 20 finalists were announced, 19 in the United States and one in Toronto, Canada.

The news surrounding Amazon's second headquarters was just breaking yesterday afternoon as Mayor Jenny Durkan wrapped up a press conference following a less-than-ideal federal police reform hearing. One will be the Crystal City area of Arlington, in Northern Virginia, two people said.

"These large companies are really getting constrained where people where people are commuting two hours and living five to a house", he says.

Klepper reported from Albany, New York. The Long Island City neighborhood, somewhat confusingly named, is the westernmost neighborhood of the Borough of Queens, located along the East River waterfront, with a smattering of fresh new parks with storybook views of the Manhattan skyline across the river. There's been intense competition to win over the company, with some throwing around billions of dollars in tax incentives.

Durkan had a confident retort ready when asked if she thought the idea of Amazon splitting its HQ2 into two offices was good for Seattle.

A source close to negotiations told NY1 that Cuomo is willing to go to Seattle next week to try to close the deal.

A survey of Austin residents found that only 30 percent said they perceived Amazon as a "10" on a scale of one to 10 when thinking about the company. "I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", said Cuomo on Monday, according to the Times. Each HQ2 location will gain 25,000 jobs, rather one location picking up 50,000 jobs, which was part of the original scenario.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has not made a final decision on the locations, but the publication reports Amazon is in late-stage discussions with Crystal City, Virginia, Dallas and New York City.

But now it looks like there might be two winners- LIC and Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, a Washington, DC, suburb.

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Selecting those areas would bring more jobs to places that already have plenty. The cost of living in D.C. or NY is not notably cheaper than Silicon Valley, he said.

"If HQ2 came to NY, with its influx of tech workers, the campus could exacerbate several problems that already plague the city, including high housing prices, overpopulation, and gridlock - all things Seattle, Amazon's home, has seen since the company arrived in the late 1990s", Business Insider's Leanna Garfield reported in January 2018.

Amazon declined to comment on the news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled plans for an office expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs by 2021 in fields including machine learning and robotics.

The company already employs 600,000. That's expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders.

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.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition.

Roy Cooper said state officials haven't heard anything from Amazon about the status of the tech giant's second headquarters.

Klepper reported from Albany, N.Y., and Suderman reported from Richmond, Va.

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