Amazon chooses New York City and Northern Virginia as HQ2 sites

Amazon picks NYC and Northern Virginia for its split

On Tuesday, the firm said the division would allow it to "attract more top talent", especially in software development, when hiring starts in 2019.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that when it comes to bringing an influx of jobs to the community, "we need to dig deep".

Amazon said it in a blog post it will receive incentives of about $1.5 billion based on job creation in Long Island City, and incentives of $573 million for Arlington.

Wages at the Long Island City and Arlington offices are expected to average out to approximately $150,000 Dollars (roughly $193,693 CAD).

Amazon said in the same statement it would create a new logistical "center of excellence" for "fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities" in Nashville, Tennessee, creating some 5,000 jobs.

Some people say Amazon.com Inc.is taking over the world. "Now we are focused on making a case for Amazon HQ-LatAm, based on initial reports neither of the new HQ2 locations could compete or compare to a SoFL location for a Latin American head quarters".

"With Amazon committing to expand its headquarters in Long Island City, New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in USA history", Cuomo proclaimed.

The company had more than 230 bids from USA cities before whittling the number down to 20 early this year.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory said in September that the city - the only Canadian contender to make the short list - was uniquely positioned to host the company because of its diversity and comparatively lower business costs.

The company announced the search for its so-called HQ2 was on in September a year ago, saying it was looking for somewhere close to a major airport where it could find technical talent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) have slammed Amazon's plans to build its headquarters in Long Island City.

The company said it will receive "performance-based direct incentives" of $1.525 billion based on its promise to create 25,000 high-paying jobs in the NY area. Lena Afridi of the non-profit affordable housing organization Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development noticed that public money will go towards building a helipad for Amazon.

The search ignited a frenzy among cities looking to boost their economies.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed beforehand, and representatives from Cuomo's office and Empire State Development did not immediately responded to Gothamist's inquiry about the goal of handing millions of dollars in cash to one of the richest companies in the world. Tucson, Arizona, famously sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant cactus, and Birmingham, Alabama, installed massive Amazon delivery boxes around the city.

Stonecrest in Georgia, offered to rename some of its land to "the city of Amazon". Amazon has said it might consider some also-rans for other projects. It will also hire teams and executives for the new locations. Its current headquarters is in Seattle, where the company's "urban campus" is woven into the fabric of the northwestern city. Amazon said Seattle will remain as one of Amazon's three headquarters.

The nationwide competition to attract Amazon's HQ2 was fierce, and more than 200 cities put together incentives to sweeten the pot. "It was part of a broader effort - a corporate relocation strategy - to crowd source a wide variety of data".

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