Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Amazon’s HQ2 Coming to Arlington

There can be no question that Amazon’s HQ2 location in Arlington County will have significant implications for the local and regional economies. The direct and indirect impacts have been widely reported: 25,000 or more jobs with an average salary of $150,000, an annual payroll of $3.75 billion or more, $4 billion in new construction outlays, the generation and support of tens of thousands of other jobs throughout the region’s economy cutting across all sectors and the generation of significant magnitudes of net fiscal benefits—revenues exceeding public expenses—to the benefit of Arlington County (at least $26 million annually at build out) and more than $164 million annually to the Commonwealth of Virginia beyond the costs of state provided new public services.

The Washington Region Added 35,300 Jobs in 2018

The Washington region added 35,300 jobs in 2018 based on data released yesterday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 16,800 fewer jobs than indicated by the preliminary releases. According to the most recent data, job growth was significantly weaker during the second half of the year and the gain between the fourth quarter 2017 and the fourth quarter 2018 was the smallest quarterly increase since 2014.

Most Read of 2018

Throughout 2018, the Stephen S. Fuller Institute was the go-to source for the most pressing regional issues including the changing demographic,  workforce and economic trends, as well as the headline-making events like Amazon HQ2 and federal government shutdowns. In case you missed any of our most popular reports and blogs, our top five are below. The

Cellular Data Plan Access in the Washington Region

In the Washington region in 2017, 13.2 percent of residents lived in a household that did not have a cellular data plan. Residents without a cellular data plan had limited access to the increasing number of smartphone-enabled transportation and other services and access varied by geography, age and household income. Residents in the District were

The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Locating Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington County, Virginia

The location of Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington County would generate significant impacts to the benefit of the County’s and Commonwealth of Virginia’s economies.  These economic and fiscal impacts would be seen in job and income growth including the HQ2 workforce and the supporting jobs and personal and business earnings that would be generated annually by HQ2, its workforce, and their families by their spending for goods and service within the Arlington County economy and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This new economic activity would generate substantial new revenues in excess of new public expenditure requirements for both Arlington County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.