Amazon to split new headquarters between New York City, Arlington


Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Va.

Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.

In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.

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The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.

Ottawa-Gatineau submitted a combined bid that pitched a waterfront LeBreton Flats locale for the commerce giant’s local operations. The National Capital Region’s bid was ultimately unsuccessful.

The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January. Toronto was the only Canadian city that made the initial cut.

HQ2 aside, the past year has seen an ebb and flow for Amazon’s local operations in Ottawa. While the company announced this past spring that it would open a one-million-square-foot distribution centre in Ottawa’s east end, it also shuttered its Kanata R&D outpost a few months later.

– With files from OBJ staff

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