"We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia," CEO Jeff Bezos 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. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities."
The e-commerce titan originally announced its HQ2 plans by touting investments of over $5 billion and the creation of 50,000 jobs (split 50/50 between the two locales). That led to a fierce, and sometimes controversial, bidding process as hundreds of regions vied for its hand. Hopefuls were tasked with completing an eight-page request for proposal document, which saw them handing over data and info on themselves (as well as promising tax breaks), with submissions ending October 19, 2017.
Sure enough, Amazon's original Seattle location brought in an "additional $38 billion to the city's economy," according to the company -- with every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generating "an additional 1.4 dollars for the city's economy overall." Ignoring the impact the mega-projects will have on housing prices and public transport, the winners are sitting on a potential gold mine.
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's HQ2 wish list included proximity to a major airport, mass transit, a pool of highly educated employees and room for up to 8 million square feet of office space, according to The Seattle Times.
"We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. "Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We're excited to find a second home."
Mallory Locklear contributed to this report.