Virginia’s Bid For Amazon’s Second Headquarters


By Paula C. Squires

Amazon's headquarters campus in Seattle, Wash. Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Is Richmond’s large millennial population, lack of traffic congestion and affordable cost of doing business enough to attract Amazon’s second $5 billion headquarters?

What about Northern Virginia with its public transit and plan to offer the world’s largest online retailer a 26-acre, state-owned site close to an international airport?

Virginia Beach, viewed as the dark horse in Virginia’s quest to nab the massive project, says its access to transoceanic cables and fast internet speeds will make its bid stand out.

With Seattle-based Amazon planning a second, 8 million-square-foot headquarters that would employ 50,000 people in jobs paying $100,000 a year, cities across North America are competing in a frenzied corporate Olympics to land the deal.


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