Following a year-long competition that drew interest from a vast number of cities and states in the US, Amazon has finally announced that it has chosen New York City and Arlington, Virginia to house the company's two new HQs.
The announcement follows the company's decision to split its second headquarters into two separate headquarters located in different cities. The e-commerce giant faced criticism from the public and government officials for the way it encouraged cities to compete for the opportunity, something the Wall Street Journal described it as an "unusually public beauty pageant".
However, Amazon has stated that with the new HQs the company will keep its promise to invest $5bn and develop more than 50,000 jobs in each of the two locations. "Hiring at both the new headquarters will begin in 2019," Amazon stated.
According to Amazon the new HQ in New York will be located in Queens and Arlington's HQ will be located in Northern Virginia's National Landing.
"We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia," Amazon's CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said.
"These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities," he added.
Of the development, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said: "With an average salary of $150,000 per year for the tens of thousands of new jobs Amazon is creating in Queens, economic opportunity and investment will flourish for the entire region."
In addition to revealing the location of the HQs, Amazon stated that it has chosen the state of Nashville to house the company's new Operations Center of Excellence to drive sales through initiatives such as optimizing customer service, transportation, supply and create a further 5,000 jobs.