Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near DC

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The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon, quoting a source, that Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities.

Amazon announced previous year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters.

Amazon declined to comment to Engadget on the report.

Speculation is also building that an announcement about which city will get HQ2 could come this month after Tuesday's midterm elections, according to the Washington Post story.

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By splitting the second headquarters, Amazon's Seattle office would remain its largest concentration of employees and the center of gravity for the tech giant.

Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2. The Wall Street Journal wrote over the weekend that the company was carrying out advanced talks with Dallas and New York City, in addition to Crystal City.

Mike Grella, Amazon's director of Economic Development Public Policy tweeted Saturday that leaks pointing toward Crystal City as the HQ2 selection wasn't doing the city any favors.

The rumored front-runner location in Northern Virginia is in Crystal City. "And stop treating the (nondisclosure agreement) you signed like a used napkin". Officials aren't turning down the hyperbole any time soon - New York Governor Cuomo recently joked that he'd change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" if it guaranteed a headquarters in the state.

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