Amazon Invents a New Virginia City in Naming Washington-Area Hub

In a statement, Governor Andrew Amazon Cuomo said, "When I took office, I said we would build a new New York State-one that is fiscally responsible and fosters a business climate that is attractive to growing companies and the industries of tomorrow".

According to an Amazon statement, the company will receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" over the next decade from NY based on creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City.

Ocasio-Cortez also asked whether Amazon will offer high wages and collective bargaining, and if it plans to hire people who are already in the community.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the Amazon deal Monday night during his weekly television appearance, although he didn't confirm that the city had been officially selected.

As Amazon's search dragged on, residents in numerous 20 finalist cities anxious about the effect such a massive project could have on housing and traffic, as well as what potential tax incentives could cost the community.

When Amazon first announced that it was looking for new sites, it received more than 200 proposals from cities across North America that were vying to be a home base in addition to the company's Seattle headquarters.

Amazon now has just one headquarters, in Seattle. "These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come".

The new headquarters will be split between Northern Virginia and Long Island City, Queens. 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.

Neil Saunders of the research firm GlobalData said the new locations make sense for Amazon as it seeks proximity to political power, fashion and technology talent.

After a lengthy selection process that preoccupied several major cities across the U.S., Amazon publicly revealed the two locations of its second headquarters.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment.

The Circle City was among the 20 final cities that were being considered by the Seattle-based company.

But Ocasio-Cortez sent out a series of tweets blasting the move, including one that said, "Amazon is a billion-dollar company". Except Amazon's official announcement says its Washington-area headquarters will be in National Landing - a place Amazon seems to have pulled out of thin air.

Though it is meant to give all the neighborhoods a boost, it's also an attempt to rebrand Crystal City, known for its drab, '60s office buildings and once known by some as "Crystal S****y", said David Gast, an executive vice president at real estate firm, Colliers International.

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