People in several American cities are wondering: where will the company Amazon build its new second headquarters? A recent news report in The Wall Street Journal said Amazon will divide its new headquarters between two cities. The report said the company is considering Queens in New York City; Arlington, Virginia; and Dallas, Texas. The New York Times reports that Dallas is not being considered and the two cities are Queens and Arlington.
Amazon will keep its current headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon’s decision to build another headquarters caused major American cities to compete with each other. Many cities hoped for the 50,000 new jobs the company promised. Amazon said most of the new jobs will pay a lot of money. Amazon told the cities that it wanted financial incentives: such as lower taxes and other deals. It also wanted a city with more than 1 million people, a close airport, good public transportation and a lot of land.
The company received 238 proposals and chose 20 of them in January. The unusual decision to divide the 50,000 jobs between two cities will permit the company to find the right people for the jobs. It also could reduce pressure for housing and transportation, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Amazon has said it could spend more than $5 billion on the new headquarters over the next 17 years. This is about the same as it has spent in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and 40,000 employees.
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