Report: Amazon could split its HQ2 between 2 cities

November 30, 2018

Amazon could split its HQ2 between two cities, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Citing an anonymous source familiar with Amazon’s plans, the highly-sought-after second headquarters will go to two cities in order to recruit enough tech talent, according the report.

Both cities could get 25,000 employees, splitting in half the expected 50,000 employees HQ2 could bring.

A decision could come as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Amazon’s shortlist of potential second headquarter sites appeared to get smaller over the weekend. The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was in final talks with New York, Dallas and Crystal City, Virginia, which is just outside of Washington. The Washington Post reported that Amazon was looking at real estate in Crystal City for its second headquarters.

Amazon has not confirmed either report. The company declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal’s story.

Mike Grella, Amazon’s director of Economic Development Public Policy tweeted Saturday that leaks pointing toward Crystal City as the HQ2 selection wasn’t doing the city any favors.

“And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin,” Grella tweeted.

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. Pittsburgh officials have been extremely quiet about Amazon, discussions with the company and the company’s visit to the city.

A judge ruled last week that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County must make public in 30 days the bid submitted to Amazon for HQ2. Both the city and county plan to appeal that decision.

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