After soliciting sales pitches from cities across the country, Amazon announced Tuesday it would split its plans for a new headquarters facility, picking two East Coast locations for the new campuses .
The move was surprising to many, and likely disappointing to many more, including leaders in Maryland.
In March, the state's General Assembly voted in favor of a large incentive package to lure the online retailer to the state . Plans were proposed for campus sites in Montgomery County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City. Montgomery County remained a finalist prior to Tuesday's announcement.
Though the new facilities won't be built in the state, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a statement calling the announcement a "tremendous win" for the region, projecting a boon of jobs and thanking local leaders as they courted the company.
“Amazon’s decision to locate one of its new headquarters facilities in Northern Virginia is a tremendous win for the entire Capital region. Collectively, we will not only gain 25,000 corporate-level jobs, but also many businesses that are part of Amazon’s supply chain. I want to thank County Executive Ike Leggett and all of our partners in Montgomery County for working with us to put forth a strong proposal that highlighted the outstanding advantages of doing business in Maryland. I look forward to working closely with Governor Northam and Mayor Bowser to welcome Amazon and meet the opportunities that lie ahead." - Gov. Hogan
Amazon already has a presence in the state, with three fulfillment centers in Maryland. Two people were killed at the company's Tradepoint facilities when a tornado damaged the building .
While the company is expanding its footprint with the new campuses, it also grew its business and geographic reach by purchasing Whole Foods in 2017 .