Amazon is reportedly going to split its second headquarters between two cities, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s a surprising development in Amazon’s long journey to find another headquarters location. Each city location would employ 25,000 people. The decision has to do with recruiting enough talent and also preemptively addressing issues with housing and transit, the WSJ reports.
Amazon still hasn’t announced where its new headquarters will be located, although The Wall Street Journal has said the company is looking into Crystal City, Virginia; Dallas, Texas; and New York City. The Washington Post also reported that Amazon held “advanced discussions” in Crystal City that were “more detailed” than similar talks with other candidate locations.
In January, Amazon released a list of 20 cities it said were its finalists. Most locations were in metro areas that could support employees, particularly with transit options and airports. If you want to relive the memory of the many cities that tried to court Amazon, feel free to revisit all the wild things cities did to garner the company’s attention: Kansas City mayor Sly James wrote 1,000 reviews of Amazon products; Tucson, Arizona, tried to deliver a 21-foot cactus to Amazon’s HQ in Seattle; and one town in Georgia offered to rename itself “Amazon.”