By the end of the bidding process, or even near its very beginning (as some media outlets have reported), Amazon executives realized what business decision makers in diverse fields have long appreciated.
And that is this: Northern Virginia stands virtually unparalleled as a locale for new business creation and material commercial expansion.
The world’s largest online retailer’s 14-month quest for new digs to supplement its flagship headquarters officially ended last Tuesday.
The announced result wasn’t exactly surprising. From a reported list of 238 bids featuring urban areas across the country vying to become Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2 in shorthand), New York City and Arlington emerged as winners. Those two locales will now become homes for a split HQ2 configuration.
That is expected to result in about 25,000 new high-tech jobs in each area, along with a major infusion of money linked with new commercial and residential construction.
One national article spotlighting the announcement and projections going forward notes that Amazon’s corporate eye was solidly positioned on Northern Virginia from the outset. It stresses that the area was an admirable fit for what Amazon keenly covets most of all, which is an existing “tech-centric” environment with a deep talent pool of workers to draw upon. On top of that, of course, the locale offers enviable public transportation options, notably strong cultural amenities, unrivaled proximity and access to government decision makers and more.
Collectively, states the above media piece, those and additional factors made the Washington, D.C. metro area “an odds-on favorite” to secure Amazon’s new headquarters from the virtual moment the bidding war commenced.
The attorneys at the established Northern Virginia business law firm of David, Brody & Dondershine have a long and demonstrated history of advocacy helping diverse commercial clients achieve goals and prosper in the region. We welcome Amazon’s new presence and input in the area.