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.”