After more than a year of speculation, Amazon has announced that it has chosen Arlington County as its location for a major new headquarters. Arlington was chosen, along with Long Island City in New York, from 238 communities around North America after a very public search for a second headquarters, commonly known as HQ2.
Amazon will locate in National Landing, a newly branded area encompassing parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington and Potomac Yard in Alexandria.
Amazon will invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a new headquarters in National Landing, which will create more than 25,000 high paying jobs and occupy 4 million square feet of energy-efficient office space with the opportunity to expand to 8 million square feet over the next 12 years. The National Landing site, one of the National Capital Region’s most accessible mixed-use communities, sits in the heart of an area recognized for having the most highly-educated workforce in the nation and is home to a growing number of companies and agencies contributing to the metro area’s reputation as a technology hub of the East Coast. National Landing, as the name suggests, is situated adjacent to Reagan National Airport and across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The announcement successfully concludes a 14-month process that inspired Northern Virginia localities to engage for the first time in a unique multi-jurisdictional partnership. This new regional approach to economic development allowed Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County and Loudoun County to present multiple sites to a company under the Northern Virginia brand, highlighting many shared regional assets like workforce, business climate and the innovation economy. This process was led by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and its commitment to deliver a world-class proposal to Amazon.