Assume each employee makes an average of $100,000 a year, and we're talking about two communities that will wind up getting an extra $2.5 billion a year economic infusion each year based on salaries alone.
"We're waiting to hear", Cooper told reporters Tuesday at a Council of State meeting. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.
Ray Sturm, CEO of AlphaFlow, an automated investment platform for real estate, notes that concerns have been expressed about Austin's ability to support the entire HQ2 project. Crystal City is a suburb of Washington, D.C.
The Times reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Amazon executives in Manhattan last month to hammer out some details for the company's prospective move to Queens, which will likely include massive economic incentives.
Amazon laid out a variety of requirements for the location of its new headquarters, including proximity to an worldwide airport.
Northern Virginia is one of three HQ2 finalists in the D.C. area. Pulling talent from two major cities means there's more potential candidates to choose from.
Today's report comes after a whirlwind of rumored activity on Amazon's HQ2 decision process this weekend.
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The fact a company like Amazon with its vast resources is asking for government subsidies irks New York University's Stern School of Business professor Scott Galloway.
A clause in the deal requires the developer, KDC, to pay A.H. Belo Corp, owner of the Morning News, 50 percent of the profit if Amazon buys the site before the sale closes on December 28.
The Journal described the decision as a "surprise".
For now, though, some New Yorkers believe that if Amazon does settle half of its second headquarters here, it will support industry trends that have been underway since the Bloomberg administration, when the city began to see its future in technology.
The two-city plan will also ease any housing crunch and traffic congestion. "I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", said Cuomo on Monday, according to the Times.
The final decision about HQ2 could be announced as soon as this week, the paper added.