Will Amazon come to Arlington, other parts of NOVA, MOCO, or DC?

This just in from Arlington County:

Arlington has been included as part of Amazon’s list of communities being considered for its upcoming second headquarters (HQ2) location. Amazon released a list of 20 regions, including Northern Virginia. Several sites were included in the Northern Virginia proposal, including Arlington. Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD were also identified by Amazon. Specific site locations have not been announced.

“Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area offer unparalleled opportunity for Amazon’s HQ2, from easy public transit and urban amenities to one of the most highly-educated workforces available anywhere in the nation,” said Victor Hoskins, Director of Arlington Economic Development. We look forward to showcasing Arlington as an ideal location for Amazon’s new home, and we look forward to working with our regional partners to promote the entire region. After all, a win for the region is a win for all of us.”

The announcement from Amazon stated it evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.

“We’re pleased that Arlington and our partners in Northern Virginia are being considered for Amazon HQ2” said Katie Cristol, Chair of the Arlington County Board. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase why Arlington’s excellent workforce, schools, transit options and proximity to the nation’s Capital make it an ideal location for innovative, field-leading businesses.”

Online retail giant Amazon announced in September 2017, a public request for proposals for HQ2, a second headquarters location and full equal to its existing Seattle-based headquarters. A total of 238 cities and communities throughout North America submitted proposals in an effort to land the online retailer, which would bring up to 50,000 employees and 8 million square feet of office space over the next decade. The company expects to make a final decision in 2018.