Amazon in late-stage talks with USA cities for second headquarters

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But Alec Karys, a startup adviser and investor, who briefly worked for Amazon in 2004, said the Virginia and NY moves "make no sense" to him.

New scoop: The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Amazon will divide HQ2 by two cities rather than just one.

The Journal said the main reason for having the two new facilities is to make it easier for Amazon to recruit enough talent. Amazon received applications from 238 cities, which it narrowed to a list of 20 finalists. Jed Kolko, the chief economist at job site Indeed, said that choosing NY and the D.C. area would "be a much less radical move than many imagined" and another example of "rich places getting richer".

New York City and Dallas, Texas have also been mentioned as leading candidates.

Reports that Amazon may split its new headquarters between two locations is raising questions about the financial incentives offered by those cities bidding to become the new hub. On the website it created when it first announced the project, Amazon stated that the goal of HQ2 was to create "a full equal to our current campus in Seattle".

An Amazon executive took a swipe at the Washington Post report on Saturday.

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"The Amazon jobs are just the tip of the iceberg", said Jeffrey Schulman, a marketing professor at the University of Washington business school who has studied the company's effects on Seattle. No major announcement will come until after the midterm elections on November 6, but the selection of the final site is slated to be revealed before the end of the year.

For Amazon, the HQ2 fanfare has added to a year of striking growth and significant milestones.

In recent months, the company also reportedly revisited some of the bigger cities such as Miami, Chicago and New York City, according to the Wall Street Journal. Each location gave the company detailed information about its local labor markets, real estate situation, transportation infrastructure and regional educational institutions, according to the requirements in Amazon's request for proposal document.

The Journal said that Amazon was in "late-stage discussions" with multiple areas including Crystal City, New York City and Dallas.

If it's located in an area that's undeveloped, it could avoid displacing current residents (Facebook's development will displace a largely Hispanic community). Bezos even said the company was "excited to find a second home", which really hurt the feelings of Seattle's rich white people.

Seattle has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, in part because of Amazon's growth.

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