Amazon’s Second Headquarters Hunt May Be Near A Selection

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS  AP Michel Spingler

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS AP Michel Spingler

Amazon is reportedly in advanced talks with officials in Northern Virginia about the possibility of opening its second headquarters in Crystal City.

He criticized the leaker who allegedly tipped off The Washington Post that Northern Virginia is the likely victor of Amazon's second headquarters competition in a highly unorthodox public rebuke. 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.

The Post says the talks involved which buildings Amazon could immediately occupy and the potential for making a public announcement this month, following the November 6 midterm elections.

People close to the process told the Post that the company could move several hundred employees to one of two office buildings that have been slated for redevelopment.

The retail giant announced a year ago that it was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S., a move that could bring with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

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Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, posted on Twitter that those leaking information about the selection process were "not doing Crystal City any favors".

The District and Montgomery County also are among the 20 finalists.

Crystal City seems to the front-runner in the drawn-out competition to win Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters, widely known as HQ2. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin". He's the owner of The Washington Post and owns a home in the area. A decision is scheduled by the end of the year, with 20 cities in the US and Canada in the running. HYM Investment Group's founder Thomas O' Brien told the Herald last month that plans to redevelop the site will proceed, regardless of Amazon's decision.

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment Saturday.

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