According to the Washington Post, which spoke with several sources, Amazon has been holding "advanced discussions" about placing its second headquarters in Virginia's Crystal City, a neighborhood of Arlington.
The decision process has been going on since at least the end of 2017 when Amazon essentially launched a contest that sparked competition among cities across the world, including in Seattle and other areas across Washington state.
The Journal said the main reason for having the two new facilities is to make it easier for Amazon to recruit enough talent.
Amazon has its headquarters in Seattle. The company said it would invest more than $5 billion over nearly two decades in a second headquarters, hiring as many as 50,000 full-time employees that would earn more than $100,000 a year on average.
Amazon's headquarters is in Seattle, where the company's "urban campus" is woven into the fabric of the city.
If Crystal City or the Northern Virginia area really have been favored all along, it could raise questions of whether the other cities wasted their time and money in putting together bids. Another will be Long Island City, in the NY borough of Queens, other people said. Dallas and Austin are among the 20 finalists that Amazon identified in January for its $5 billion investment to house as many as 50,000 employees over the next decade.
Housing costs and availability is another issue, the person said. If this report comes to fruition and HQ2 is indeed split between Crystal City and New York City, it remains to be seen how those projections would be distributed and scaled across multiple urban areas.
On Monday, he also joked that he'd change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" if need be.
However, until Amazon officially announces its HQ2 winners, there are reasons for pause. "And stop treating the [non-disclosure agreement] you signed like a used napkin", Amazon Economic Development Director Mike Grella said in the tweet.