Amazon in 'advanced talks' to open headquarters in Washington DC area

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to open headquarters in Washington DC area

Crystal City is a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, that features a concentration of high rise offices, hotels and residential buildings.

At a conference in NY on Thursday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, said: "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, 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 the decision with your heart".

Crystal City, with easy transit access, is close to Reagan National Airport, and ready-to-occupy office buildings, has always been considered a strong contender. The judge ruled the city and county failed to prove the bid was exempt under the "Right-To-Know Law".

People close to the process told The Post the talks were more in-depth than they had been with other locations.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo, told a NY conference earlier this week that "Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data - for a decision like that, as far as I know, 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 the decision with your heart".

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Amazon announced a year ago that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the USA, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Toronto's chances of becoming the next base of operations for online giant Amazon will likely come up short, if a published report is to be believed.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well. Amazon plans to make its announcement by the end of the year.

Amazon has said it plans to reveal where it will base its second headquarters by the end of the year, and says it is now assessing around 20 locations. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin", he said, referring to the nondisclosure agreements that Amazon required its finalists to sign.

A spokesperson for Amazon declined to comment. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend.

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