Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Amazon Not Choosing Philadelphia For Second Headquarters

Amazon Not Choosing Philadelphia For Second Headquarters

The city and state's $3 billion giveaway to lure Amazon to New York City won't cost a dime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Tuesday as he defended throwing a mountain of taxpayer money at the $1 trillion company.

New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Amazon.com Inc.'s second and third headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a more than yearlong public contest that started with 238 candidates and ended with a surprise split of its so-called HQ2.

- More than 25,000 full-time jobs. A consolation prize - an operations hub with 5,000 jobs - went to Nashville.

Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus will be in Alexandria, which will be located less than two miles from Amazon's new location in Arlington.

"While Philadelphia was not ultimately chosen for Amazon's HQ2, I thank Amazon for its consideration and am honored that we were among the top contenders", Kenney said.

This past January, a short list of 20 cities being seriously considered was released by the company. Our previous story follows.

Amazon officially announced Northern Virginia as a victor for one of its HQ2 locations, along with New York City Tuesday as well.

The retailer added another twist in its Tuesday blog post announcing its selection: a 5,000-person satellite office in Nashville, Tenn. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Amazon declined to comment to CNN. The company expects to create more than 50,000 jobs between the two locations.

Amazon called its D.C. -area expansion, located in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, National Landing, a name that baffled area journalists. That doesn't include the payments Amazon will also be making in lieu of property taxes, which will be used for infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood.

Rapidly growing Long Island City, in the borough of Queens, is an old manufacturing area where warehouses are being replaced with apartment-filled glass towers. The area is trying to revive itself after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.

The aforementioned location is actually known to residents as Crystal City. Kansas City Mayor Sly James wrote five-star reviews for 1,000 random items on Amazon's website; Tucson sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant cactus; and Stonecrest, Georgia, offered to rename some of its land "the city of Amazon".

If each location gets 25,000 jobs, that would make it smaller than Seattle's, which houses more than 40,000 workers. "I will continue to support those efforts in any way I can, just as I will continue to encourage all companies to invest and grow in Toronto".

Boston had pitched the Suffolk Downs site for Amazon to build on.

Analysts said Amazon's selection of NY and Washington, thriving regions where many major U.S. companies, including Amazon, already have a presence, shows that subsidies sweeten- but do not necessarily drive - corporate decisions.

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