Toronto may have lost out to Washington area for Amazon's HQ2


The Washington metropolitan area has always been considered a top contender. Ralph Northam didn't offer any hints when he was asked on WTOP's Ask the Governor about published reports that say Amazon is focusing in on Crystal City in Arlington.

The newspaper said that the discussions have touched on how quickly Amazon could move employees to Crystal City, which buildings they would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made.

The Northern Virginia neighborhood is just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and discussions are apparently far enough along that one of the city's prominent real estate developers, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its property off the market.

Separately, other sources claiming knowledge of Amazon's internal decision-making process told CNBC that the decision was "close" and mentioned Northern Virginia and Austin, Texas, noting that HQ2 could be split between the two cities.

Amazon announced previous year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

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In its 190-page bid submitted to Amazon in October Toronto offered up 10 locations across the region that it said would be suitable for the company's second headquarters, including a site in the Port Lands.

In other tweets, Grella took aim at a report that linked the possible second headquarters to where CEO Jeff Bezos' plane travels.

The Walsh administration past year submitted the Suffolk Downs site in East Boston as the "perfect match" for Amazon's second headquarters.

Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, posted on Twitter that those leaking information about the selection process were "not doing Crystal City any favors". "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin", he said, referring to the nondisclosure agreements that Amazon required its finalists to sign.