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Amazon has reportedly selected two joint sites for its second headquarters, or HQ2: Long Island City—a neighborhood in Queens, New York City—and Crystal City, Virginia, adjacent to Washington DC.
According to , which broke the news on Monday evening, the selection caps a year-long to lure the Seattle-based retail giant.
In January 2018, 20 “” cities were named, including Raleigh, Toronto, Chicago, and Atlanta, among others.
The company said at the time that it expected to “invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs—it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle.”
In a way, the New York and Northern Virginia sites make sense, as the company had asked in its specifically for “daily direct flights” to Seattle, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington DC. (The only West Coast city that was considered was Los Angeles.)
The Washington Post, which also confirmed the news Monday evening, that, while “238 locations initially submitted proposals to Amazon, the Washington region was considered a favorite from the outset by many experts due to Bezos’s personal connections in the region, particularly the $23 million mansion he purchased in the city’s Kalorama neighborhood last year and his ownership of The Washington Post.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.