Amazon HQ2

Amazon HQ2 is Amazon's corporate headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia and is an expansion of the company's headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Amazon HQ2
General information
LocationArlington County, Virginia
Technical details
Floor area6,000,000 sq ft (557,400 m2) office (planned)[1]

50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) retail (planned)[1]

2,100,000 sq ft (195,100 m2) under construction[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectNBBJ Architects / ZGF Architects[1]
Main contractorClark Construction

HQ2 was announced in September 2017, when Amazon submitted request for proposals to governments and economic development organizations asking for tax breaks and other incentives to entice the company. Amazon claimed that it intended to spend $5 billion on construction and that HQ2 would house 50,000 workers when completed.[2] More than 200 cities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States eventually offered tax breaks, expedited construction approvals, promises of infrastructure improvements, new crime-reduction programs, and other incentives. On January 18, 2018, a shortlist of 20 finalists was announced,[3] after which the candidate localities continued to detail or expand their incentive packages.

On November 13, 2018, Amazon announced that HQ2 would be split into two locations, with 25,000 workers at each: National Landing in Arlington County, Virginia, and Long Island City in Queens, New York City.[4] Virginia would provide $573 million in tax breaks, $23 million in cash, and other incentives. New York planned to give Amazon tax breaks of at least $1.525 billion, cash grants of $325 million, and other incentives.[5] In February 2019, Amazon cancelled the New York location after strong opposition from local grassroots organizers, residents and politicians.[6][7] The project had drawn criticism in multiple cities as an example of corporate welfare.

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