Amazon—finally—confirmed media reports that its 14-month search for a second headquarters city had resulted in a split decision: it will add new offices in both Arlington, northern Virginia, and Long Island City in Queens, N.Y.
Amazon says the New York and Virginia facilities will each eventually house more than 25,000 employees and will, in addition to Seattle, be named company headquarters. Seattle houses more than 40,000 Amazon employees so it’s hard not to still see New York and Virginia as glorified satellite offices.
The HQ2 search, one of most heavily reported Amazon-related stories of the past year, now appears to have been something of a publicity stunt. But it had its value for Amazon. It no doubt has provided the company with much information on how it could later expand across the country, and potentially leverage pieces of the sweetheart deals it was offered by cities in exchange for smaller offices. In Nashville, for example, Amazon says it will open an operations facility that will create more than 5,000 jobs.