After more than a year of searching—and a fierce bidding war among cities across America and Canada—Amazon has decided to abandon plans to build a second headquarters that would be the "full equal" of its Seattle base, insiders say. Instead, sources tell the Wall Street Journal, the company has decided to split the new headquarters across two cities, with roughly 25,000 workers in each "co-headquarter." The sources say the company has decided to change its approach so it can attract more tech talent, and so it can lessen the impact a massive new base would have on housing and transit in its chosen cities. An announcement could come as soon as later this week, the insiders say.
The company is in advanced talk to locate the two new bases in the Queens borough of New York City and in Crystal City, Va., the New York Times reports. Asked Monday about reports that New York state had offered hundreds of millions in subsidies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: "I’ll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that’s what it takes. Because it would be a great economic boost." The Journal's sources say Dallas is also in late-stage discussions with Amazon. A spokesman for the company, which received a total of 238 offers and narrowed it down to 20 in January, said it would not comment on "rumors and speculation," the AP reports. (Execs were not happy when a "genius" recently leaked information about Crystal City as a possible pick.)