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Report: Amazon To Split HQ2 Between Two Cities; Dallas May Still Be In The Running

Nov 5, 2018

Updated, 9:20 a.m. Tuesday

Dallas is among a handful of metro areas Amazon is still considering for a second headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reports Dallas joins New York City and Northern Virginia as finalists that have progressed to late-stage talks with the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.

North Texas officials aren't commenting on the report.

The Journal is also reporting that Amazon plans to split its so-called HQ2 between two locations, and that the company could announce the news as early as this week. Under the new plan, Amazon would divide the workforce with 25,000 employees in each city. 

But a report by The New York Times late Monday indicated that Amazon is moving forward with New York and Northern Virginia:

"The company is nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, according to two of the people briefed on the discussions," the Times reported. "Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, one of the people said." 

Speculation about Dallas may be fueled by last week's announcement that a group of developers — led by a company called KDC — recently bought the former downtown headquarters of The Dallas Morning News for $33 million. The land has been mentioned as a potential site for Amazon.

Discussions have reportedly cooled in some of the other 20 metros that were initially named finalists — including Austin, Denver and Atlanta.