When Apple announced earlier this year it would bring billions of dollars it kept overseas back to the U.S., the company promised 20,000 new hires and a new campus expansion to an unknown location. The Washington Post now reports Apple has been talking to public officials and real estate executives about options in Northern Virginia. Amazon, too, is strongly eyeing Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland for its much-hyped second headquarters.
It’s no coincidence that both Apple and Amazon are looking at the Washington region. As we outlined earlier this year, the area is ripe with poachable tech talent working at government contractors that would likely jump at an opportunity to work for a more glamorous company. The region is a good place to attract young workers, too, and it has pretty good public transit options and land availability. Don’t ignore the political upside, too. Apple, Amazon and all of tech will be spending more time talking to legislators about privacy, data protection and antitrust issues in the coming years and being more of a hometown company can’t hurt.