Amazon’s journey to find the perfect place to set up a second headquarters to pair with their spot in Seattle led them to two final destinations instead of just the one. Hey, why not? If you have the money to have a few more HQs then, by all means, create some more jobs to make sure my Prime package gets here on time.
Arlington, Virginia and the Long Island City in New York have passed the tests, been given the final roses, and are setting up permanent homes for the online retail giant.
We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia. These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
Investing $2.5 billion in each location and a projected 25,000 jobs to be created at both central branches, Amazon is infusing the economy with a stable culture of success. The company also dubbed Nashville as the Center of Excellence to be the main hub for Operations. That location will be the source of around 5,000 more jobs.
The strategic placement of the two main East Coast offices puts them at arm’s distance to both New York City as well as Washington D.C. Amazon also noted that this move will let them clean-up with monetary incentives that will mirror their economic infusion of jobs.
Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of $573 million based on the company creating 25,000 jobs with an average wage of over $150,000 in Arlington. Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City.
The Amazon Team
Amazon ramped up interest in the venture by taking followers along for the ride as they collected mass amounts of data on different cities while selecting its new homes. The choice to have two distinct headquarters on the East Coast also offers Amazon the chance to cuddle up with the media in New York and keep tabs on politics in Washington D.C.
So now Bezos gets to grab a slice of NY pizza before heading out to enjoy the cherry blossoms in D.C.