Surprised we didn’t have a topic about HQ2 (or if we did, search didn’t find it). The latest news is that HQ2 is going to now be HQ2 and 3, split evenly between two cities:
NoVA and one other area are the likely candidates and could be announced this week. Amazon cites the potential issue of wrecking the tech talent, housing, and transportation of an area if they brought all 50k jobs to one locale.
Here’s my cynical take: This was always the plan, but it was pitched as one location to get “best and finals” for absurd tax breaks that would be above and beyond the offerings if it was known that there were two locations being picked. Amazon will announce that the executives are going to stay in Seattle while the logistics of adding a third location are worked out, and then eventually decide that it’s too difficult to set up a structure with three equally important offices and quietly drop the HQ designations from sites two and three.
If they do try and force it, culturally the two new locations will be seen as lessers, especially given that they’re now split and only half the size of the “true” HQ.