Amazon in 'advanced talks' to put HQ2 in Northern Virginia

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Amazon is reportedly in advanced talks about opening its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, in a signal the retail giant may be narrowing down its shortlist of possible locations.

Many experts have named the Washington area as a front-runner given Bezos' ownership of the Post and the company's stepped-up lobbying efforts. Ralph Northam didn't offer any hints when he was asked on WTOP's Ask the Governor about published reports that say Amazon is focusing in on Crystal City in Arlington.

However, the Post cautions that it does not mean the deal is certain and that other cities might have "similar discussions".

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The newspaper reported the talks included "how quickly the company would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public".

The Northern Virginia neighborhood is just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and discussions are apparently far enough along that one of the city's prominent real estate developers, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its property off the market.

Amazon had said it plans to announce a decision by year's end.

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Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well.

In other tweets, Grella took aim at a report that linked the possible second headquarters to where CEO Jeff Bezos' plane travels. City and state lawmakers nationwide created economic incentives in a bid to attract Amazon's second headquarters, that would bring in 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment. A decision is scheduled by the end of the year, with 20 cities in the USA and Canada in the running. Amazon declined to comment on his remarks.

He also hinted that Amazon compelled finalists to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that the leakers may be violating.

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