When Amazon announced last month that it had chosen Arlington as a location for its coveted new headquarters, commonly known as HQ2, the Arlington community learned that the company would invest more than $2 billion to establish its new headquarters, creating at least 25,000 high-wage jobs in our community in the next 12 years.
However, Arlingtonians had questions. How would our schools handle an influx of new students? How will traffic be mitigated? Will Metro be able to accommodate a new workforce? And what exactly is National Landing, that newly branded neighborhood encompassing parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington and Potomac Yard in Alexandria?
Since the announcement, Arlington County has worked to answer those questions and more with a special Amazon-focused Engage Arlington Virtual Learning Series, which take place on Facebook Live and introduce subject matter experts to talk on a variety of issues, from property values and affordable housing to the tech talent pool, overcrowding in schools, and more.
County leadership is also holding several similar in-person community listening events throughout Arlington, where County residents can have their questions answered and ensure they have all of the information needed about Amazon's presence in our community.
These Amazon-focused community engagement sessions will continue through the Board's vote on the project performance agreement in February.