Amazon plans to split second headquarters evenly between two cities

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Amazon plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two cities, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

A decision could come as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company said it expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs for the second headquarters.

Over the weekend, The Washington Post - which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - reported that the Seattle-based Internet giant was in "advanced talks" about locating the new offices in Crystal City, Va. A recent report from CBRE estimated that more than 160,000 D-FW residents work in the tech sector, with an average wage of nearly $97,000.

Boston made the top 20 list of contenders to be the new home for Amazon's HQ2, and some considered it among the top choices due to the region's universities, tech economy, and skilled workforce. Seattle was No. 2 with 145,100.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo, told a NY conference earlier this week that "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, the best way to make it is you collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart".

Housing costs and availability is another issue, the person said.

Splitting HQ2 would also raise questions about the current tax incentive packages Amazon has been offered on the premise of the larger office. The aging NY subway system has several issues the city is working to fix.

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