By: Sam Hoey | CRP, GMS

February 21, 2019

Many companies face challenges when considering where to locate their corporate headquarters. Major global companies such as Amazon, Apple, General Electric, and Google have recently announced expansion or relocation efforts that will take them to their next-generation workforce.

Recent expansion and relocation efforts for corporate headquarters have focused on major metropolitan areas.

Corporate Headquarters of Major Companies


Amazon plans to create a second corporate headquarters location in Arlington County, Virginia’s Crystal City neighborhood. The location is across from Washington, D.C. The company said it will receive $573 million combined from Virginia and Arlington in performance-based direct incentives. These incentives include Amazon creating several thousand jobs at the new location. Notably, although Amazon had originally also chosen a second location in Long Island City, Queens, New York for another headquarters, mounting opposition led the company to pull out of its plans. This speaks to the importance of building local support among all stakeholders for any new corporate headquarters development.


Apple is planning to expand its presence in Austin, Texas with a $1 Billion new corporate headquarters campus. Apple’s future plans will eventually make it the largest employer in Austin. The new campus will accommodate 5,000 employees to start, and feature capacity for up to 15,000 employees.

General Electric

General Electric relocated its corporate headquarters to Boston, Massachusetts in 2016 and instantly became the state’s largest public company. Company officials noted that the Boston metropolitan area’s concentration of top universities and startup technology firms was the main attraction for their relocation. The move is seen as a way for the industrial conglomerate to rebrand itself as a forward-looking technology company. Although GE continues to face challenging markets and a changing economic future, the fundamental reason for the company’s move is shown in their intent to remain in Boston.


Google plans to spend $1 Billion to expand the company’s New York City Hudson Square facility. The campus will be the main corporate location for its New York-based global business organization. The company will double its New York City workforce.

Corporate Headquarters Require Workforce with Significant Skills and Education

Companies looking to expand or relocate their corporate headquarters require employees with skills and education. Typical functions at these locations may focus on executive and managerial roles, product engineering and development, talent acquisition and talent management, sales and marketing, corporate communications, legal concerns, and finance. Many of the positions within these functions require degrees from institutions of higher education. Employees must be proficient with technology across multiple platforms. They must also display a broad range of soft skills including verbal and written communication, coaching, and leadership. Any company looking at a new location should work to keep current employees with desired skills and education during the relocation.

What Should Employers Seeking to Expand or Relocate Their Corporate Headquarters do?

Companies that are looking to expand or relocate their corporate headquarters should work with a Relocation Management Company (RMC) that has expert knowledge and extensive experience in corporate relocation services. Corporate relocation programs provide companies and employees all of the resources and tools they need to ensure a smooth and successful relocation process.

Choose an RMC that provides ongoing employee support services, supplier management, relocation benefits, and expense management. Employers should provide many resources for their relocating employees and their families. As a result, they will feel confident in accepting their new assignments and enthusiastic about the company’s corporate headquarters relocation.


GMS’ team of corporate relocation experts has the knowledge and expertise to help your company manage its corporate headquarters relocation budget. We will also offer your employees the best relocation experience during a corporate headquarters expansion or relocation. This will increase your company’s ability to retain current employees as well as attract new hires at your new location.

Contact our team of experts to discuss how we can help your company’s corporate headquarters relocation budget stay within company guidelines, or call us directly at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

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Senior Vice President, Global Account Management Sam joined Global Mobility Solutions in 1996 and has a unique perspective with her 25 years of industry experience. Samantha offers her clients relocation expertise and a commitment to excellence in her. Her proficiency in orchestrating the BVO and GPO Programs, as well as relocation policy design and implementation, are invaluable assets to the accounts she manages. Her experience in administering Pre-Decision Relocation services to enhance the recruiting process further demonstrates her unique abilities to service her clients. Samantha’s diverse experience, leadership, and outstanding communication skills enable her to manage the relocation process for her clients with finesse and polished professionalism.

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