Amazon to split second headquarters into two locations

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Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City.

Just when you thought the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes couldn't get crazier, it did.

After a report surfaced over the weekend putting Dallas on the short list for Amazon's second headquarters, the latest from the Wall Street Journal on Monday afternoon increases Dallas' betting odds even more. The company fueled excitement in its plans by inviting cities to pitch themselves as sites for the development.

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The company said its decision criteria included a sufficient high-tech workforce, good transportation, and a "stable and business-friendly environment". Splitting the project in two could also ease concerns over housing and traffic in host cities, the Journal reported.

The journal reports Amazon is discussing incentives with government officials in Crystal City and speaking with a real estate investment trust, which owns property in the city.

Two new 25,000-person offices remain massive undertakings for the company though less attention-grabbing than the year-long hype has suggested.

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Mayor Hogsett says he expects Amazon's decision soon after the midterm elections Tuesday so that the five billion dollar bombshell doesn't change any political races for the victor or the loser locations.

Many reporters quickly reacted on Twitter to the Journal story, with some joking about naming conventions.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters. "HQ2 and HQ2.1? Or HQ2A and HQ2B?"

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