About 1800 people in advertising, fashion and publishing are already working for Amazon in New York, and around 2,500 corporate and technical staff work in North Virginia and Washington.
Amazon reduced the list to 20 cities in January, and in recent weeks weeks, smaller places seemed to fall out of operation. For example, although Denver did the first cut, Gov said. John Hickenlooper from Colorado last month, "Would not they have another big hub on the east coast?"
Amazon announced plans for a second headquarters in September 2017, saying that the company grew faster than it could employ in the hometown of Seattle. The company said it would invest more than 5 billion dollars in almost two decades in a second headquarters, employing as many as 50,000 full-time employees who would earn more than $ 1
HQ2 would be "fully resembling our current Seattle campus," said the company. If Amazon continues with two new sites, it is unclear whether the company will refer to both sites as headquarters or whether they would constitute major satellite offices.
Picking up multiple websites will allow it to link to two pools of talented labor and perhaps avoid blaming all housing and traffic issues by dominating a single area, which can also give the company greater influence in negotiating tax deposits, experts said.
"While the most obvious reasons seem to be attracting more technical workers, PR and government incentives can also help," says Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, the website for online jobs. With major events in two cities, local authorities can feel the pressure to boost the incentives they offer to Amazon, and the surprise is yet another news cycle for Amazon's headquarters, he says.
The HQ2 search sent states and cities to a frenzied command war. Someone hired McKinsey & Company and other outside consultants to help them with their bids, investing heavily in claiming Amazon and lifting about 50,000 jobs. Even half of this will be one of the largest corporate placement opportunities, according to Greg LeRoy, CEO of Good Jobs First, which tracks company subsidies. "These are very big numbers," he said.