What the Amazon Decision in New York Means for Other HQ Cities


Amazon left the tech community reeling in mid-February when they announced that they were pulling out of their plans to add a headquarter location in the Long Island City section of New York. Many have been asking, where will the 25,000 planned jobs for Long Island City go? The short answer seems to be a little bit of everywhere.

Following the announcement, Puget Sound Business Journal reported that plans in the Seattle area will not be changing. The tech and e-commerce giant is currently planning to add around 10,000 new employees by the end of the decade and is awaiting construction of just over 2.5 million square feet of office space in Seattle. The company has also vastly grown its imprint on Seattle’s Eastside with new office space and employees in Bellevue, but the company declined to comment on whether the New York decision will change current growth trajectory in the area.

HQ, too: Amazon's future in Bellevue could rival Washington, D.C., plans, The Puget Sound Business Journal on February 22, 2019.

“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with statement and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long term,” Amazon said in a statement. “A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

For the time being, here is where Amazon employment currently stands: