Why Amazon chose Northern Virginia for its HQ2

Amazon chose to place half of its second headquarters in Arlington's Crystal City. Why it chose that location is due to a number of factors. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Amazon chose to place half of its second headquarters in Arlington’s Crystal City. Why it chose that location is due to a number of factors. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Illustration of The Bartlett. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Illustration of Pen Place in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Illustration of Pen Place in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Illustration of the multi-modal transit hub in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Illustration of the multimodal transit hub in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Sean Mintz/Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Entrance to the Crystal City Metro station. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of Crystal City’s second Metro entrance and public plaza. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
An artist's rendering of more retail facilities in National Landing. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of more retail facilities in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of a retail public plaza on Crystal Drive. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of a retail public plaza on Crystal Drive. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of the South Bell location. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of the Crystal Drive location. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist’s rendering of the Crystal Drive location. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Aerial rendering of National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Aerial rendering of National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
National Landing will be in Arlington and Alexandria. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
National Landing will be in Arlington and Alexandria. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership) (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
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Amazon chose to place half of its second headquarters in Arlington's Crystal City. Why it chose that location is due to a number of factors. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Illustration of Pen Place in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Illustration of the multi-modal transit hub in National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Entrance to the Crystal City Metro station. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
An artist's rendering of more retail facilities in National Landing. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of a retail public plaza on Crystal Drive. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Artist's rendering of the Crystal Drive location. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
Aerial rendering of National Landing. (Virginia Economic Development Partnership)
National Landing will be in Arlington and Alexandria. (Courtesy Virginia Economic Development Partnership)

WASHINGTON — It’s official. Amazon is moving to Northern Virginia, but a number of factors set the region apart from other cities vying for the tech company’s favor, including its tech-savvy workforce.

“We’re proud that Amazon has recognized all the tremendous things Virginia has to offer,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam following the announcement.

In welcoming the tech giant, Northam noted the projected 25,000 to 38,000 jobs coming to the commonwealth.

“I would estimate it at like 80 percent of the decision came down to the availability of talent,” said Alan Berube, senior fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

The region’s existing cybersecurity and defense workforce lends itself to quickly filling Amazon’s positions, which are expected to open up over time.

“It’s a bigger signal to the marketplace in terms of this is a region where other large tech companies, software companies, can find the kind of talent, the kind of ecosystem, between the companies, the workforce, the education system that can make them a leader in the global marketplace, too,” Berube said.

“(Reagan) National Airport is just steps away, so the workforce from Seattle can come in and out,” said Berube, who added that the available office space and access to public transit was a big selling point.

Of course, there’s the proximity to Congress and another important location.

“Jeff Bezos has a house in Washington, D.C. He’s the owner of The Washington Post. What the CEO wants matters a lot, too,” he said.


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