In Prime Position
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
After weeks of speculation, tech giant Amazon confirmed yesterday that it would be building not one but two new headquarters in the United States: one in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the other in Arlington, Virginia.
College presidents and business leaders in both locales expressed relief and excitement at the news. But the pressure is now on to quickly establish a talent pipeline for the more than 50,000 new jobs expected to arrive with the new headquarters. In a press release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company plans to establish 25,000 jobs in each location, with an average salary of $150,000. Hiring will begin next year.