When mighty Amazon announced last year it was seeking a home for a planned second headquarters, cities all over the country raised their hands and yelled, “Pick me, pick me!”
Though the company has not made any official announcements as to where it will land, a report filed Monday by the New York Times strongly suggests that the Seattle-based online retailer has narrowed its search to perhaps two locations: Queens, New York, and the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And if those rumors are true, tech entrepreneurs in Arlington are ready to welcome the company, though they admit there may be some pain points.
Dominick Fuccillo, a Washington, D.C., native, started his first company, Trustpages, while earning his M.B.A. at Georgetown in 2011. Now vice president of finance and corporate development at Distil Networks, a cybersecurity firm in Arlington that’s raised $59 million in growth capital to date, he says the region has been building tech credibility in recent years, pointing to the successes of locally based companies like CVENT, Social Tables, Mapbox and Afiniti.
“Now it’s at an inflection point where people are saying, ‘Hey, I can do tech—not only federal technology but consumer-facing or commercial technology—in D.C. for the long term for my career, and I can look at this as a place where I can be successful in the long term,’” Fuccillo told Forbes. “And having a huge technology company and worldwide leader like Amazon come into the area gives even more confidence that D.C. is a great place for a technology hub.”