The winners and losers list: Our irreverent HQ2 edition

Did you hear? Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is coming to town. Following a 14-month North America-wide competition, the e-commerce and web services giant has selected parts of Arlington and Alexandria for one half of its second headquarters. Long Island City in Queens is getting the other half.

The gist of 99 percent of the public statements: HQ2 is a monster win not only for Northern Virginia’s economy, but also for the region as a whole. That’s not to say there aren’t challenges to confront, winners to high-five and losers to console.

Winner: Ralph Northam

The Virginia governor gets to hold up an economic win for the ages with Amazon’s selection of Crystal City. Wherever he may go in his political career, the Eastern Shore native with the southern lilt can hold this up as a crowning achievement. Also, he can tell a pretty good dad joke on Twitter.

Loser: Terry McAuliffe

The former Virginia governor, who’s never been shy to trumpet an economic development win, just missed…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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