Amazon is close to announcing the location of its second headquarters, known as HQ2.
People close to the process told the Post that the company could move several hundred employees to one of two office buildings that have been slated for redevelopment.
Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director, addressed the "genius leaking info" about the plans in a tweet. You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors. Many experts have named the Washington area as a front-runner given Bezos' ownership of the Post and the company's stepped-up lobbying efforts.
Amazon announced past year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs. The discussions have been more detailed than those of other front runners in the area. He declined to comment on the Post report.
After launching a reality show-like sweepstakes for a second home in late 2017, Amazon has effectively shut down disclosures about the search in the past nine months. The Post added that a top real estate developer in the area, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market, and that local officials have discussed how to make a public announcement on Amazon's selection, sometime later this month. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend.
Amazon had said it plans to announce a decision by year's end.
If a company's location intent was judged by where its CEO flies, Grella said in a follow-up tweet, Amazon might also go to Davos, Switzerland; Sun Valley, Idaho; Rome or Hollywood, and Google, Facebook and Tesla might be relocating to "Black Rock Desert, NV", a reference to the annual Burning Man cultural festival.
Amazon has said that economic incentives will be an important factor in its decision.