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Amazon Chooses Northern Va., NYC for 2nd HQ

Amazon will split its second headquarters between New York City and Northern Virginia, the online retail giant announced Tuesday.

At least 25,000 jobs will be located in both locations occupied near commuter rail, apartments and airports to spur $2.5 million of investments in at each location. In addition, Amazon will receive tax credit and performance incentives from the states of Virginia and New York.

“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. We look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”

The Virginia location will be settled in Arlington on property called National Landing inside a four-million-square-foot office building less than three miles from D.C.

According to Amazon, Virginia would receive $3.2 million in tax revenue over a 20-year period.

The immediate area would receive $195 million infrastructure investment for improvements to the Crystal City and Potomac Yard Metro stations, a pedestrian bridge to connect National Landing and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and a walking bridge above Route 1.

“This is a big win for Virginia,” Gov, Ralph Northam said. “I’m proud Amazon recognizes the tremendous assets the commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here. Virginia put together a proposal for Amazon that we believe represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century, and I’m excited to say that our innovative approach was successful.

Mark Schwartz, the county manager in Arlington, wrote in a letter Friday that Amazon wants a helipad built on top of the building, constructed by Amazon, that could expand to at least six million square feet.

Because of the possible expansion, a memo outlines the state could receive an additional 12,850 jobs.

“Arlington County staff will assist Amazon in its efforts to obtain required county board, commonwealth and federal approvals for the development, construction and operation of a helipad at the facility,” Schwartz said in the letter.

Officials in neighboring jurisdictions, agencies and businesses congratulated Northern Virginia and welcomed the company to the Washington metropolitan area.

“Amazon’s decision to locate one of its new headquarters facilities in Northern Virginia is a tremendous win for the entire Capital region,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Collectively, we will not only gain 25,000 corporate-level jobs, but also many businesses that are part of Amazon’s supply chain. I look forward to working closely with Gov. Northam and [D.C.] Mayor [Muriel] Bowser to welcome Amazon and meet the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Metro posted a message on its Twitter page with a photo of a Crystal City Station sign: “Congrats to the entire DMV community! We are an amazing region full of do-ers, dreamers and innovators trying to create a better world. Amazon is going to fit right in. #wmata.”

Amazon also announced plans to build an operations center in Nashville, Tennessee, equipped with 5,000 full-time jobs inside a one-million-square-foot building.

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William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

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