The Seattle suburb of Bellevue may soon be Amazon’s unofficial “HQ3.”
The Seattle-based tech giant announced Friday that it was expanding its workforce footprint in Bellevue, with new office space plans that will host a total of 25,000 employees in the next five years, the Seattle Times reports.
That’s the same number of employees promised for Arlington, Virginia, by 2030. The Washington DC-area city won Amazon’s closely-watched HQ2 sweepstakes in 2018 by offering $573 million in cash grants and tax incentives. Amazon in exchange pledged to bring 25,000 new jobs that will pay on average $150,000 a year.
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Bellevue, meanwhile, hasn’t provided tax breaks or financial incentives to lure Amazon.
Since 2016, the company has been leasing space in the tony Eastside suburb about 10 miles east of …