Amazon is planning to split its coveted second headquarters between two US cities rather than pack it into a single urban setting, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The Journal cited an anonymous source as saying that Amazon decided that dividing its second headquarters between two locations would spread the economic benefits as well as burdens — such as pressure on housing and transportation.
Amazon also reportedly felt that a split would expand the pool of computer engineering talent available for jobs.
About 50,000 jobs would be divided evenly between the two cities, according to the report.
Amazon declined to comment.
Amazon’s headquarters is in Seattle, where the company’s “urban campus” is woven into the fabric of the city.
The retail and technology company announced last year that it was seeking a location for a second campus. Scores of cities rushed to tout their strengths and offer tax incentives to become a second home for Amazon, its spending and its jobs.
Amazon could announce its decision as early as this week, and prime contenders still in the running were reported to include Dallas, New York, and a city in the state of Virginia not far from Washington, DC.
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