Amazon picks New York City, Washington DC area for new US$5 billion headquarters

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Amazon.com picked America’s financial and political capitals for its split new headquarters, saying on Tuesday (Nov 13) it will build offices for more than 25,000 people each in New York City and close by Washington DC. 인터넷카지노

The world’s largest online retailer plans to spend US$5 billion (S$7 billion) on the two new developments and expects to get more than US$2 billion in tax credits and incentives, with plans to apply for more.

Its move ends a frenzied year-long bidding war among cities across North America, splitting the location between two finalists. In addition, Nashville, Tennessee, will become Amazon’s fourth-biggest US office outside Seattle with more than 5,000 corporate jobs focused on technology and management for its retail operations unit.

With more than 610,000 workers worldwide, Seattle-based Amazon is already one of the biggest employers in the United States and the world’s third-most valuable company, behind Apple and Microsoft. 온라인바카라

Still, it faces fierce competition for talent with Alphabet’s Google and other companies, which routinely offer free food and other perks in sunny California, seen by many as a better draw than Amazon’s relative frugality in rain-plagued Seattle.

“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent,” Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive and world’s richest person, said in a news release.

Already marketing its forthcoming New York location in Long Island City, just across the East River from Midtown Manhattan, Amazon talked up the neighbourhood’s breweries, waterfront parks and easy transit access. The former industrial area also has a clock counting down the hours until the end of US President Donald Trump’s first presidential term. 카지노사이트

The choice of Arlington, Virginia, could hand Amazon greater political influence in the nearby US capital, where it already has one of the largest lobbying shops in town.

Bezos privately owns the Washington Post, which has written critical articles about Trump and, in turn, he has been a frequent target of broadsides from the president. The paper maintains full editorial independence from its owner.

Amazon’s choice largely bypassed the middle of the United States, where many cities had hoped for an economic boost and bid for the new jobs.

“My heart is broken today,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

Amazon already counts greater New York City and Washington among its biggest tech employee bases, after Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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