Reports: Amazon Still In Talks With Miami, Plans To Split HQ2 (Updated)

Update: The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is nearing a deal to move to Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

According to the WSJ, Amazon has decided to split HQ2 evenly between two different cities with 25,000 employees each. The reason is to ease concerns about being able to recruit enough talent, while also not putting as much pressure on transit and housing.  A final decision on the two cities has not yet been reached, but an announcement could come as soon as this week.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Herald today that Amazon is still in discussions with Miami. The company has continued to ask for information related to the HQ2 bid, and “there has not been radio silence.”

 

Here’s the latest on Amazon’s HQ2 decision, now in its final stage:

  • Bezos visited Miami twice – Flight records of Jeff Bezos’ private jet shows that he has visited Miami twice this year. Other cities on the HQ2 finalist list that have multiple visits from Bezos are Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Dallas. Cities that have no visits from Bezos include Chicago, Atlanta and Austin.
  • Runner up cities could still get something – some people with knowledge of the situation believe Amazon will place smaller operations in runner-up cities, the WSJ reported. Richard Florida speculated on Twitter that Miami could get a Latin America HQ either way.
  • Decision will be made with heart – “Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data,” Bezos said in an interview in New York on Thursday. “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 that decision with your heart.”

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

I’ll take the LATAM HQ in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All day long…

Polo
2 years ago

You know that LATAM is one of the largest Latin American airlines.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I remember watching Besos in an interview earlier on this year on TV and as he began talking about HQ2, I remember distinctly he did say he wanted it to be in a city that would be middle of the road, giving the employees the inspiration to work and not have too much distraction. Now I love Miami but “middle of the road” is not the way I would describe it. And “not have too much distraction” …. well, what can I say, this is Miami. I would love it to be built here but if he really feels that way, I just don’t see it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s Bezos

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bye Amazon H2 for Miami. BESOS A BEZOS.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right,because Miami has so many more distractions than the New York Metro area?…you country azzes on here always giddy and talking sh*t.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It is obvious that you are the country azz who does not get out of your mom’s house much. HQ2 is going to Long Island where I lived for over 5 years, that area much like Crystal City in Virginia, where two of my brothers still live, are areas that have much less distractions than Miami, and where work can get done. If you don’t agree with that save enough bus fare and go see for yourself. It is now obvious that Bezos feels the same way. Miami had a good run but it looks like now it is over now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s not “Long Island” but “Long Island City” which are 2 completely different places in NY… As Long Island might not have many distractions, as you say. Long Island City has plenty and it’s 5 minutes from the busy Manhattan where “distractions” are definitely more than Miami. But regardless, if you have a job and are in your office doing the job you are paid for, how are you going to affected or distracted but what the city has to offer? Are they going to hire adults or what?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you really comparing Long Island City to South beach in terms of distractions? Seriously? Come on, you know better than that, lol.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“It’s not “Long Island” but “Long Island City” which are 2 completely different places in NY…”

What? Last time I checked, Long Island City is in West Queens, which is on Long Island. I never understood New Yawkers calling only Nassau and Suffolk Counties “Long Island,” despite over half of NYC’s population residing there in the first place.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Long Island city in queens. Nothing to do with long Island.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So with that logic, New York City might as well not be in New York State. Please…

León
2 years ago

Actually LAN and TAM they going to split soon, American Airlines is going to take over LAN

Anonymous
2 years ago

Cool at least Miami will end up in the top five after all the so called “experts” placed in the bottom of the top 20 list.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great, we are No.5. Loser talk.

Anonymous
2 years ago

In his heart he knows he needs to be near DC.

Anonymous
2 years ago

His heart lies with Palmetto High. And this picture: http://bit.ly/2PNdWf3

Anonymous
2 years ago

Close to that rag he bought, also known as “The Washington Post.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

what tower is that?

peej
2 years ago

It’s a Class A Office Tower by Hines, to be built to the north of the Paramount Miami Worldcenter amenities podium. A great design!

https://www.hines.com/news/hines-to-develop-office-led-mixed-use-tower-at-miami-worldcenter-in-downtown-miami

Anonymous
2 years ago

It will be very hard for Miami, which is located in a County and state which refuse to invest in a modern and reliable mass transportation system, to be picked for a project this size. Leeson to learn here: Make sure you vote in our next local elections.
https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/neighborhood/6-major-transportation-projects-that-will-transform-crystal-city-89096#7

Anonymous
2 years ago

absolutely correct….miami should have been a priority but lack of tech talent and abysmal transit options due to 40 years of studies and no movement forward whatsoever….many companies are put off by the lack of forward vision our elected leaders display…companies paying higher wages wont relocate just because we have nice beaches…hope miami gets something good from amazon

Jonas
2 years ago

The so called lack of tech talent is relative. Miami has a thriving start-up scene in tech already. Moreover, Amazon will have zero issues attracting the best of the best tech talent to Miami. For the price of a dump in Astoria or LIC you can live in a luxury building in Brickell soaking your techy testicles in the hot tub 12 months out of the year. Btw…Amazon already has a good presence here in MIA.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re right, it is relative, and relative to other top contenders Miami’s knowledge-based sector is rather small. It is growing, but slowly and intermittently. A company the size of Amazon doesn’t want to wait for qualified workers to arrive. They’ve made it very clear that they want to hit the ground running in a city that’s ready now and that will have the amenities to attract and retain additional top talent. Condos and a tropical climate are a small part of the equation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I lost hope that it will be in Miami… It has already been leaked by a credible source that it will be in Crystal City VA. If this is true Amazon can kiss my backside! Hopefully they at least build a portion of HQ2 in Miami, HQ2 Latin America… I think it makes a lot of sense.

Miami is too corrupt
2 years ago

Bezos would never allow himself to be at the mercy of a Gimenez or a Suarez. Who would choose that?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes but thank God we do have E11even.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A santero in Hialeah told me that Miami won’t get the Amazon H2.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yup it’s def going to DC. Oh well

Anonymous
2 years ago

It really comes down to Miami having a workforce without enough well-educated workers compared to a lot of other cities. The region has a chicken-and-egg problem when it comes to knowledge based industries. There aren’t enough well-educated workers in the area to support a sizable science or tech sector, but until there is such an industry the area won’t attract those kinds of workers. These kinds of companies feed off each other and they feed off the talent and ideas that come out of top tier research universities. That’s why places like the Bay Area, Seattle, Austin, the D.C. area, Boston, etc. will keep increasing their lead and other cities will find it hard to catch up in this sector.

It can happen slowly, especially with small firms building a tech ecosystem over time, and it would be greatly helped if South Florida had a world-class research university. But UM doesn’t really fit the bill in that regard.

On the upside, Miami is gradually turning itself into a city that can attract the kind of workers that would be necessary to support a tech sector (or any large corporation if we’re being honest). The beach and clubs are fun to go to occasionally, but the kind of workforce we’re talking about wants a variety of cultural, recreational, and entertainment options as well as good, widespread, reliable public transport among other things.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami doesn’t even have enough available office space to park the employees until a new headquarter is finished.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They aren’t hiring 50k from day one so please relax with the negativity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

never said 50k, if you read other articles they are looking to house several hundred in the beginning and Miami just doesn’t have a critical mass of office space for any company to move down here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You guys are so ignorant…..How about we do not have a transit System Period to start…Stop making up excuses and taking this decision so personal..Its one of many Amazon, HD’s

Anonymous
2 years ago

We have plenty of transit. Brightline, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, Metromover, plus major highways are all already at the Park West site…

Anonymous
2 years ago

wow!…I wont even reply on the subject if you think the metro rail is plenty. Mind Blown!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right? how absurd. Miami mass transit is horrible. Not to mention, where are people going to afford to live making the small salaries Amazon pays? way out west where it is cheaper and zero mass transit

Jonas
2 years ago

Let’s pretend for a moment that Miami has a perfect metro system. Are you telling me you will be riding the ‘subway’ when it is 95 degrees and 100% humidity and walking 5 blocks to your work from the nearest subway stop means you are soaked in sweat?

Anonymous
2 years ago

What we have is a dysfunctional public transportation system and incompetent traffic engineers and planners. Downtown Miami is a nightmare during peak rush hour traffic and it is only going to get worst with the construction of SR 836.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Unfortunately, Miami is no draw for large corporate firms.
I’ll be so surprised if they pick Miami. Pleasantly. But still surprised

Anonymous
2 years ago

agreed. we need more parking garages.

Anonymous
2 years ago

… and free trolleys.

suomynona
2 years ago

lol love the sarcasm

Anonymous
2 years ago

We desperately need 50000 more geeky tech people with bad teeth and hygiene. Sick and tired of the beautiful people here in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re just mad because these what you call, “geeky tech people with bad teeth and hygiene,” are smarter than you.