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  • The Washington, DC, area is buzzing with speculation that Northern Virginia could soon land Amazon HQ2.
  • Two sources said as much to Business Insider.
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is amid a high-profile trip to Washington, DC.

The Washington, DC, area is buzzing with speculation that Amazon could soon select Northern Virginia as the location for its highly sought-after second headquarters, two sources told Business Insider.

Amazon has sought to tamp down on the speculation as the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos makes a high-profile visit to the region. Ahead of a major event on Thursday night where Bezos will be interviewed by Carlyle Group co-founder and co-CEO David Rubenstein at the DC Economic Club, Amazon told The Washington Post on Tuesday that no announcement would be forthcoming on Bezos’s visit to the city. Reached by Business Insider on Thursday, an Amazon spokesperson said they had nothing to add on top of what was reported in The Post.

One person who spoke with Business Insider, a lobbyist, said that Thursday night event was a likely time for the announcement to be made. Speculation has run for months about what, if anything, Bezos will say about HQ2 during the event.

The Post reported that roughly 1,550 people registered to attend Bezos’s discussion. That’s more than double what the club typically attracts for similar events, The Post noted. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, and Democratic Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser are all expected to attend, The Post reported.

(Have any information on Amazon’s plans for HQ2? Reach out to this reporter at asmith@businessinsider.com.)

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