- Amazon introduced in November it might place its HQ2 challenge in two cities: Lengthy Island Metropolis, Queens in New York Metropolis and Arlington in Virginia.
- Northern Virginia and New York Metropolis are two areas that have been seen as apparent picks for any tech firm to maneuver to.
- That could be a far cry from the unique pitch for HQ2, which Amazon billed as utterly up within the air, making HQ2 the largest troll of the 12 months.
Amazon discovered its HQ2 this 12 months. And, apparently, its HQ3.
The corporate introduced in November that it’ll cut up its second-headquarters challenge between two cities: New York, within the Lengthy Island Metropolis neighborhood of Queens, and Arlington, Virginia, within the Crystal Metropolis neighborhood (now renamed Nationwide Touchdown).
Deciding on two cities is one thing of a curveball as a result of it was not initially a part of the plan Amazon had proposed for HQ2.
In reality, on the web site it created when it introduced the HQ2 challenge, in September 2017, Amazon mentioned the aim of all the challenge was to create “a full equal to our present campus in Seattle.”
Now, all the things Amazon promised goes out the window. What makes these two areas completely different from Amazon’s presence in different cities the place it has places of work, comparable to Boston or Los Angeles?
In reality, Amazon already has a large variety of staff in each the DC space and New York Metropolis. New York already has the biggest variety of staff outdoors Seattle, and it employs hundreds of employees in every metropolis.
A small notice on the backside of Amazon’s RFP did, nonetheless, trace at it as a risk of two separate campuses, however the areas themselves have been something however surprises.
Amazon says tech expertise is what drew it to the 2 locations, with Northern Virginia and New York Metropolis every having the largest swimming pools outdoors of the West Coast.
If that is the case, why did Amazon maintain the general public contest in any respect?
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With two areas splitting what the corporate has billed as a $5 billion funding and 50,000 new jobs, Amazon’s preliminary promise would ring hole. Neither could be anyplace near equal to Seattle, the place Amazon says it now has greater than 40,000 staff and has made $three.7 billion in capital funding.
Successfully, it might imply that Amazon would not have a real second headquarters — one thing that some critics have been claiming all alongside.
It could have one thing to do with Amazon’s sensitivity to criticism that nobody municipality might soak up the big affect of its HQ2 because it was proposed.
Splitting it into two might take away some objections from native leaders, however it might additionally take away among the challenge’s luster.
Much less potential draw back, on this case, additionally means much less potential upside. New York and Arlington reportedly will get Amazon, however they will not get HQ2. No one will.
That makes Amazon’s HQ2 saga the largest bait and swap of 2018.
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