Amazon announces new headquarters split between New York, Washington suburbs

A pedestrian walks past a mural in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York U.S. on Friday Nov. 9 2018

Amazon announces new headquarters split between New York, Washington suburbs

The two headquarters, based in New York City and Arlington, will house 25,000 workers each, and will receive a portion of the $5bn (£3.9bn) funding.

More specifically, the locations are Long Island City in New York City's Queens borough and National Landing (a rebranded name for the Crystal City neighborhood) in Arlington, Virginia. Hiring begins next year.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that when it comes to bringing an influx of jobs to the community, "we need to dig deep".

Amazon may very well deliver on all of its promises to the two HQ2 cities. Jobs in both cities will have an average annual salary of $150,000, it added.

Amazon also said it'll open an Operations Center of Excellence, which will handle the company's customer fulfillment, transportation and supply chain, in Nashville.

Amazon's workforce has ballooned to more than 610,000 worldwide, and that's expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders.

"While the Toronto region was not chosen for Amazon's HQ2, we still feel like we have won", the statement read.

After settling on a bunch of finalists, Amazon reportedly further trimmed down the contenders to a "small handful" of cities earlier this month, among them Dallas and NYC.

The company announced the search for its so-called HQ2 was on in September past year, saying it was looking for somewhere close to a major airport where it could find technical talent.

According to an Amazon press release, one half of the so-called HQ2 will soon land in Long Island City, where it will purportedly create 25,000 jobs in exchange for a cool $1.5 billion in state incentives.

In a joint statement, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.

The search ignited a frenzy among cities looking to boost their economies.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment.

The announcement sent cities into a frenzy, with some making elaborate moves to attract Amazon's attention. It turns out that Amazon and city officials have made a decision to rebrand an area of the community that encompasses Crystal City as "National Landing".

Amazon has said employees who work in Seattle will have a chance to relocate.

Google, for example, is also planning a major expansion in NY. The company claims that its Long Island City campus will create $10 billion in incremental tax income over the next 20 years.

A portion of the sign advertising Amazon Go is seen outside the grocery store's location on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. "It was part of a broader effort - a corporate relocation strategy - to crowd source a wide variety of data".

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