The Wall Street Journal stated that Amazon will be dividing the headquarters evenly between Long Island, New York and Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. The company is also expected to make a significant investment in another city.
According to the New York Times, Long Island City would receive $180mn as an infrastructure budget for the new HQ. Amazon began its search for a second HQ last year to house an additional 50,000 employees, but it was decided in January that Amazon would split the HQ between two locations.
With plans to add employees, Amazon is seeking to expands its workforce by 10% and is expected to invest more than $5bn over two decades to expand its 613,000-strong workforce by another 50,000.
The NYT stated that nearly 1,800 employees work in fashion, advertising and publishing, while 2,500 employees work for the technical and corporate divisions, in Washington and Northern Virginia.
HQ2 is expected to be an equal to the current Seattle campus. The split HQs will now allow the Internet behemoth to tap into two pools of labour, and provide it greater leverage while negotiating tax incentives.
Nearly 20 cities were shortlisted as potential sites to develop HQ2, with cities like Denver making it to the top of the list. Seattle is considered among the fastest growing cities in the USA, and the growth of Amazon in the past decade has elevated its equity as a tech hub.