Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS  AP Michel Spingler

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS AP Michel Spingler

Over the past few months, Amazon executives have reportedly revisited several of the locations on its shortlist, including Newark, New Jersey, New York City and Chicago, according to an October report in The Wall Street Journal.

She said she did not know when state officials last talked with Amazon or if they will reach out to the company following the Post's report.

The high-stakes battle surrounding which of 20 metropolitan areas Amazon will choose for its second headquarters hit another plot twist over the weekend.

Northern Virginia has always been seen as a favorite for Amazon HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will have room for up to 50,000 employees. It's a large residential and office complex in Arlington, Virginia, just south of Washington, the Post reported Saturday, citing unidentified sources. The Post added that a top real estate developer in the area, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market, and that local officials have discussed how to make a public announcement on Amazon's selection, sometime later this month. The company has said it would invest $5 billion in the new headquarters.

In the Washington area, the anticipation is growing as hints filter out that Amazon is in the final stages of making a decision.

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"They have said publicly they want HQ2 operating in 2019", one person said.

Sharon Bulova, chair of the board of supervisors in Fairfax County, Virginia, where one of the sites is located, has felt the vibe.

Speculation surrounding Amazon's HQ2 choice has been building, as the decision will bring with it an economic boom, including 50,000 jobs. "The economic growth that has been going on has been benefiting some people and causing problems for others".

Amazon has said it plans to announce the new headquarters this year, which means the company now has less than 60 days to make a decision.

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