Amazon HQ2: Looks Like Denver Is Out, Northern VA Is In

DENVER, CO –Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, who owns a home in DC, seems to have made a decision about Amazon’s second headquarters, or "HQ2" according to an article in the Post Saturday.

The paper reported that talks between company bigwigs and locations in Northern Virginia, specifically a town called Crystal City, had been examining "how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public, according to people close to the process."

According to the article, commercial real estate developers have quietly taken some large Crystal City office properties off the leasing market, expecting a decision to be announced "after the Nov. 6 midterm election."

That leaves 19 other communities, including Denver, who made the Amazon HQ2 "shortlist" left in the dust.

However, Denver has benefited from being on Amazon’s radar, Sam Bailey of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation told Denver7. Since September, 2017, when Amazon announced their HQ2 contest, companies relocating to Denver mentioned Amazon as part of their reasons for picking the Mile High City.

Meanwhile, there have been those all along who said that Amazon’s HQ2 – with its 50,000 extra high-paying employees – would exacerbate Denver’s already stressed housing crisis.

Even Gov. John Hickenlooper joked in January that if Amazon’s HQ2 staff picked another site, "there will be a sense of relief."

Betting site Bovada released its list of odds for the 20 finalists to get Amazon’s 2nd HQ on Aug. 24, and Northern Virginia was on top of the list, as was Washington DC.

Bezos said recently at a conference in New York that the decision would come down to a gut feeling:

"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."

Image: The Amazon logo is projected onto a screen at a press conference. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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