Two years ago, Amazon announced it was building a second headquarters, known as HQ2, with a promise to hire 25,000 new employees in Crystal City. Amazon planned to hold a low-key, socially distanced ceremony Monday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the last building it plans to lease while construction continues on a pair of 22-story towers just west of Richmond Highway. According to wtop.com, "Besides the construction, business on the retail and delivery side at Amazon has thrived during the pandemic. At the same time, Huseman said Amazon is allowing employees to work remotely through next summer. The realization many companies are coming to is employees don’t have to be in an expensive, centralized hub to get work done, and video conferencing can be used instead of a cross-country business trip. Yet, those changes are not causing anyone at Amazon to reconsider the promised investments in the region." As per wtop.com, "Ground was broken on that project earlier in the spring. So far, Amazon has 1,000 employees working in office space being leased nearby. Additionally, Amazon said on Monday that it would be donating $9 million to area organizations for legal services, racial equality, and economic development.