Amazon reportedly chooses New York City and Northern Virginia for new HQ2s

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with renderings of Anable Basin

Amazon has finally made its decision on the location for HQ2. Hiring at both the new facilities will begin in 2019.

The project is expected to bring 25,000 jobs to each of the locations.

The split also raised questions about how equal the two new locations will be with Amazon's current Seattle base, which employs more than 45,000 people.

- More than 25,000 full-time jobs with average wage exceeding $150,000.

Amazon also announced an additional third investment in central Nashville, Tennessee, with the creation of a new "Operation Centre of Excellence" hub that will eventually produce another 5,000 corporate jobs.

Amazon had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand. Nashville was on Amazon's short list for HQ2.

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In an attempt to woo Amazon into choosing them, many cities and states tried to incentivize the company through tax break offers and gimmicks.

Toronto was, of course, one of the cities shortlisted, and was the only Canadian city to make it to this round.

Amazon.com is not building its second headquarters in North Carolina.

The source, who is familiar with the matter, told Reuters that Amazon will also announce a significant investment in one other city, in addition to revealing the two HQ2 locations.

In a joint statement, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world. An affordable housing crisis there prompted the city council to adopt a head tax on businesses in May, which Amazon helped overturn in a subsequent city council vote.

The search ignited a frenzy among cities looking to boost their economies.

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Amazon did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Tucson, Arizona, famously sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant cactus, and Birmingham, Alabama, installed massive Amazon delivery boxes around the city.

Virginia is shelling out $573 million in incentives for Amazon's move to Crystal City, which the company is rebranding as "National Landing".

Google, for example, is also planning a major expansion in NY.

These will be new headquarters with equivalent status to Amazon's home in Seattle, in the northwestern USA state of Washington.

Amazon factored in a host of qualifications for the selection of its new headquarters sites, including access to mass transit, proximity to an airport with direct flights to and from Seattle and-perhaps most important-a pool of available tech talent nearby.

The nationwide competition to attract Amazon's HQ2 was fierce, and more than 200 cities put together incentives to sweeten the pot.

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