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States across America have been rolling out the red carpet for Amazon ever since the online retail giant announced it was looking to open another corporate headquarters. "For not a lot of money, they could have really almost-I don't want to get all warm and fuzzy-but more of a utopian vision of what a community should be like instead of a lot of rich and entitled tech workers".
HQ2 would be "full equal to our current campus in Seattle", the company said. NY ranked No. 5 with 254,300 tech workers. "And stop treating the [non-disclosure agreement] you signed like a used napkin", Amazon Economic Development Director Mike Grella said in the tweet.
Arlington, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., was chosen despite growing resistance to HQ2 across the region. "I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", said Cuomo on Monday, according to the Times. Hessan is chairman of the digital market research firm C Space, based in Boston.
About 1,800 people in advertising, fashion and publishing already work for Amazon in NY, and roughly 2,500 corporate and technical employees work in Northern Virginia and Washington. He also was "puzzled by the idea of picking one location and growing it to 50,000 people".
And losing HQ2 isn't a bad thing for Boston - for many reasons.
So why cut it all in half? Dubbed HQ2, the new facility - or facilities - will cost at least $5 billion to construct and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
All those developments - plus losing HQ2 - makes Boston a "double victor", in Wilcox's view.
Amazon began soliciting proposals for HQ2 in the fall of 2017.
Sixty years ago, Crystal City did not seem like the kind of place a leading e-commerce giant would pick for its global headquarters. Amazon has promised to make its selection this year.
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. She received an Amazon gift card for participating.