Amazon.com picked America’s financial and political capitals for its $5 billion new headquarters, saying on Tuesday it will build offices for up to 25,000 people in New York City and close by Washington, D.C.
Its move ends a frenzied year-long bidding war among cities across North America, splitting the location among two finalists. In addition, Nashville, Tennessee, will be home to Amazon’s new East Coast hub of operations, adding 5,000 corporate jobs.
Amazon will boost its presence around New York City and the nation’s capital while also giving it more of a foothold in the center of the country as it seeks to gain a recruiting edge over Silicon Valley tech companies. Hiring at both the new facilities will begin in 2019.
The new Washington metro region headquarters will be located in National Landing, in Arlington, Virginia, and the New York City headquarters will be located in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens, across the East River from Midtown Manhattan and the United Nations.
The area now includes some high-rise apartment blocks, a narrow canal, and manufacturing and warehouse buildings. Its attractions include a large, landmarked Pepsi-Cola advertising sign and a clock counting down the hours until the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come,” said Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.