Brampton’s joint bid with Toronto and Mississauga to bring Amazon’s next headquarters to the GTA looks like it won’t be successful.
The Washington Post leaked information last week that suggests Amazon’s HQ2 may end up in Crystal City, a suburb in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington D.C.
Sources told the Post that Amazon is already looking at which buildings to occupy in the city, and plans to make the news public after the country’s November midterm elections.
However, the article also notes Amazon may be in similar talks with some of the other shortlisted cities.
Last September Amazon announced its intentions of finding a location for a second headquarters, abbreviated as HQ2. Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto were among 238 bids to win over the e-commerce giant.
HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs and an estimated $5 billion worth of infrastructure spending to whatever city HQ2 ends up in. With all that on the line, many city’s officials have gone to great lengths to attract the Seattle-based tech company.
Amazon revealed back in January that the GTA joint bid made the shortlist, along with Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, Md., Nashville, Newark, New York, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C. and Washington, D.C.
While Crystal City wasn’t on the shortlist, it appears to be part of a joint bid to bring HQ2 to the Washington D.C. area, similar to the GTA bid.
When asked about the project last week at a conference in New York City Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data.”
The US midterm elections happen November 6, so if the sources are correct a decision is likely to be revealed after election results roll in.