Read more about Amazons HQ2 project:
Read more about Amazon's HQ2 project:
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said she was heartened by that Amazon plans to split its HQ2 facilities between two locations.
"I'd call those branch offices," she told KIRO-TV Seattle on Monday night. "That would be good news."
Her wish seemingly came true later Monday night, when The New York Times reported that Amazon had decided to go with two cities: Long Island City in Queens, New York, and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
It makes sense that the mayor of Seattle would be excited about the fact that her city seems poised to remain the true center of Amazon's operations. But Durkan's quip about HQ2 echoes a lot of the swirling around Amazon's reported picks — not to mention the manner in which the online retail giant teased its decision-making.
Read more:Amazon is reportedly splitting HQ2 into 2 cities, which would prove the whole contest was a massive sham
Amazon previously said that it planned to hire 50,000 employees to work in its new corporate headquarters. The company also drew out the selection process, even releasing a short list of potential . In the meantime, different localities across North America fell over themselves to offer Amazon flashy perks and lucrative tax breaks.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo even joked that he'd change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" in exchange for HQ2.
For a while, though, it appeared that Northern Virginia was a front-runner in the race for HQ2.
But by dividing up its new headquarters between two locations, critics have argued that the the online retailer is minimizing the impact of HQ2. In other words, the argument is that instead of opening a second headquarters, it's just opening two large offices.
Video: Amazon narrows down its HQ2 contenders list
How to Add a Sunroof to Your Car
Recommended Retailers Brands For Shorter Men
Bet You Didn’t Expect to Get So Emotional About the Stranger Things Kids Performing a Motown Medley
40 Must-See Moments from Last Night’s Glamour’ Women of the Year RedCarpet
How to Survive in Banished
Sophie Turner Just Cut and Dyed Her Hair Khaleesi-Blonde To Bid Goodbye to Game of Thrones
What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies
How to Stop a Dog from Jumping
The Best Mens Colognes You Can Buy In 2019
How to Get Your Child out of Bed in the Morning