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Amazon HQ2 is accepting applications.

The Seattle tech company posted five job listings over the weekend for its new Arlington, Va. campus. The first openings at Amazon’s so-called second headquarters include three “Global Category Manager” jobs, a financial analyst, and an HR specialist.

In a blog post Monday, Amazon said it plans to hire 400 people by the end of 2019. The plan is to grow the Virginia office to 25,000 over the next 10 years.

Why it matters: For more than a year, Amazon captured the attention of millions in its HQ2 search. Cities competed with one another for the prize which, at its core, was about jobs. Now we’re actually starting to see that job creation.

Between the lines: In the blog post, Amazon touted the “warm welcome from the community and the strong support from state and local government” as one reason the company is “ahead of schedule and on pace to create 400 new jobs this year.” That’s a markedly different tone than the one Amazon struck in January after it pulled out of plans to build another headquarters in New York, equal to the Virginia project. “A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project,” Amazon said at the time.

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