20 Facts About Amazon HQ2


Amazon HQ2 is Amazon's corporate headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia and is an expansion of the company's headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

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HQ2 was announced in September 2017, when Amazon submitted request for proposals to governments and economic development organizations asking for tax breaks and other incentives to entice the company.

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In February 2019, Amazon HQ2 cancelled the New York location after strong opposition from local grassroots organizers, residents and politicians.

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Amazon HQ2 was founded in 1994 in Bellevue, Washington, and moved to leased space in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.

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Moody's Analytics published an analysis of bidding metropolitan areas and determined that Austin, Texas, ranked highest among Amazon HQ2's criteria, followed by Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Rochester, New York.

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The city of Stonecrest, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, voted to de-annex 345 acres of land for Amazon HQ2 to establish its own city named Amazon HQ2 around its headquarters.

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Amazon HQ2 would be able to capitalize on the less restrictive Canadian immigration laws and the lower currency exchange of the Canadian Dollar.

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Amazon HQ2 declined to comment on The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Amazon HQ2 pointed to examples where companies have gone bankrupt or failed to follow up on expansion plans.

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In early 2018, New York University Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway said Amazon HQ2 was soliciting bids from places that it never intended to move to solely to gain tax breaks.

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Amazon HQ2 predicted that HQ2 would be located in either the New York metropolitan area or the Washington metropolitan area; with the decision to create two locations, Galloway ended up predicting both correctly.

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Amazon HQ2 repeatedly called the competition a "ruse" and a "con".

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Ocasio-Cortez, Van Bramer, and Gianaris all expressed concern that Amazon HQ2 would receive tax breaks while critical infrastructure, such as the New York City Subway, was deteriorating, and the New York City public school system and New York City Health Department were underfunded.

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Amazon HQ2 said that it would continue developing the Crystal City and Nashville locations.

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Location of HQ2, Amazon selected an area in Northern Virginia encompassing parts of the Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods of Arlington County and the Potomac Yard neighborhood in the city of Alexandria which was branded as "National Landing".

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Arlington County offered an additional $23 million in cash grants, to be disbursed over 15 years, contingent on Amazon HQ2 reaching a certain office size and the gradual increased revenue from a tax collected from the county's hotel rooms.

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In May 2019, Amazon started listed openings for software development engineers and software managers meant as HQ2 jobs.

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Amazon HQ2 has indicated its intentions to turn the National Landing district into an 18-hour district that the company hopes will be a shopping and entertainment destination.

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Amazon HQ2 has shared its intention to prioritize leasing space to small, local businesses with a focus on women- and minority-owned retailers.

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Arlington County cannot issue building permits for "The Helix" unless Amazon HQ2 receives a "Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation" from the FAA.

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