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Amazon said yesterday that it has started the staffing process at the new HQ2 offices that it plans to open in Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC, and also has begun renting office space.

Reuters reports that Amazon said that “it was on track to create 400 jobs at the future Arlington, Virginia, campus this year. It said the new hires will work out of a temporary space on Crystal Drive in June, as the company aims to open its first building in the fall. The drive is in Crystal City, part of Arlington.” The goal for Amazon is to “invest approximately $2.5 billion, create more than 25,000 jobs with an average wage of over $150,000, which will generate more than $3.2 billion in tax revenue.”

The story notes that this happens as “Amazon cleared a key funding vote in Arlington in March, when local officials approved a financial package worth an estimated $51 million amid a small but vocal opposition. The $51 million is a small fraction of the $481 million promised by the county and a $750 million package offered by the state.”

Amazon also planned to open HQ2 space in New York City, but walked away from the deal when a vocal opposition threatened a series of procedural roadblocks and political resistance that it clearly found to be more trouble than it was worth.
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