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Amazon Seeks Economic Development Manager in Washington, D.C., Near 3 Potential HQ2 Sites

Job Duties Include 'Site Selection,' But Spokesman Said the Position Isn't Related to Second Headquarters Search
July 30, 2018
Amazon's headquarters building in Seattle. The company is searching for the site of a second headquarters building.


Amazon.com Inc. is hiring an economic development manager in Washington, D.C., near three of the potential sites the online retailer is considering for its second headquarters.

The ad, which is posted on the website of Seattle-based Amazon, said the position will be based in Washington, D.C., and is part of the company's public policy team.

Amazon isn’t advertising in other cities for a manager of economic development, according to a search of the jobs section on the company website. There is another opening, for an economic development project manager based in Seattle, which says it is related to the search for a site for the second headquarters, known as HQ2. The job ad is also on Amazon's public policy team and was posted on May 22, and updated 10 days ago.

For the economic development manager, job responsibilities include "working directly with state and community economic development and other key government officials," and "supporting the site selection process." But it does not mention HQ2, for which a nationwide search for a site is underway. The job opening for the manager of economic development was posted on Sept. 21, 2017, and updated two months ago.

An Amazon spokesman in an email denied that the position is related to the company’s search for a second headquarters.

Amazon, the world’s biggest retailer, will choose a city this year for the second headquarters in a project it is telling leaders in competing cities will generate 50,000 jobs and more than $5 billion in capital spending. The company has narrowed possible locations from 238 to 20. Of the 20 finalist sites, three are in the District of Columbia region: Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD.

Amazon's U.S. public policy team is already based in Washington, D.C., as is its public sector cloud business.

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