Amazon picks Virginia and New York For It's New HQ
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Amazon picks Virginia and New York For It's New HQ

Amazon revealed today that Arlington, Virginia and New York City will be the new locations of their East Coast headquarters. This comes after the retail giant’s year-long journey to zero in on a city to open its second outpost.

The Washington Post reported the company’s plans on splitting its new headquarters between two cities to drive enough recruitment for tech talent that will aid in Amazon’s growth. The tech giant also sites proximity to airports with direct flights to its main headquarters in Seattle as having influenced their final decision, according to Quartz.

Offices will be located in Long Island City across the river from Manhattan and Crystal City just outside of Washington, D.C. The two cities beat out 238 other contestants, according to the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce company is reportedly splitting a total of 50,000 full-time employees between the two new offices.

Amazon announced they would begin the search for their second home last September after exponential growth at the company.  The company plans to invest more than $5 billion in the new headquarters over the next two decades.