Retail giant Amazon has reportedly entered into “advanced discussions” concerning potentially placing their second headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia. Amazon has not publicly confirmed these talks, and reports have been careful to mention that Amazon may also be simultaneously considering several other cities at this advanced stage.
The informal competition to be chosen as the city for Amazon’s second headquarters has been fierce in recent years, with many contending cities offering major tax breaks for the company, should they choose to open a headquarters in their city.
The establishment of second headquarters could potentially bring with it thousands of jobs for the area, as well as increased attention from the tech and startup community. Many cities hope to use an Amazon HQ2 to rebrand as a tech-friendly environment, attracting other companies to relocate as well.