Tennessee Negotiating with Amazon.Com about Locating Two Fulfillment Centers in State
11/30/2010 6:59:00 AM
Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber today confirmed the state of Tennessee is in discussions with Seattle, Washington-based Amazon.com, Inc about locating twofulfillment centers in Tennessee, one at the Enterprise South Industrial Park inChattanooga and the other along State Route 308 in Bradley County, Tennessee. Ifnegotiations are successful, the two projects would represent a combined investment of more than $164 million dollars to create more than two million square feet of distribution space and up to 1,400 new jobs over a period of years.
There has been lots of speculation in the media in recent weeks about who we might be working with on this project, said Commissioner Kisber. Because of the need to move forward at the local level on PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of tax) agreements in multiple communities, we felt it was important at this time for policy makers at the state and local level to know who were in discussions with.
Commissioner Kisber has been leading a team which includes Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Gary Farlow, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Cleveland and Bradley County and Trevor Hamilton, vice president, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in discussions with Amazon.com, Inc. All parties have pointed out a number of procedural steps must be completed involving the state, the county commissions and the local citycouncils before the project is a go.
This is not a done deal, Mayor Littlefield said. In addition to the PILOT agreements, there are a number of other issues towork through at the state and local level, but we have high hopes of firming up Amazons investment in the next few weeks.
Amazon would make a great addition to our local economy, said Mayor Ramsey. This is a complex project. We couldn't have gotten this far without Hamilton County, Bradley County, the city of Chattanooga and the respective chambers from both communities working together to make this much progress in a short period of time. Well keep working togetherto make sure the opportunity becomes a reality for our citizens.
Even though thisis not yet a done deal, Bradley County is taking the necessary steps to finalizeits local commitment to the company, said Gary Davis, mayor, Bradley County. I am very pleased the county commission decided in workshop session to place the proposed PILOT agreement, industrial access authorization and the FastTrack grant authorization on the consent agenda for next Mondays meeting. To my knowledge, this is the first PILOT agreement ever placed on the consent portion of the agenda and it clearly reflects the level of cooperation, understanding, and trust we have all worked hard to establish between the Administration, the Bradley County Commission, and the Industrial Development Board.
Amazons presencewill mean important opportunities for good jobs, said Ross Tarver, chairman, Bradley/Cleveland Industrial Board. A project this far-reaching has many components and takes time to finalize. We could not have gotten to this point without a dedicated and focused regional team working together and our city, county, chamber and state are to be commended.
The Amazon project has come together very rapidly over the past couple of months, said Trevor Hamilton, vicepresident, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. The company has a very ambitious construction timeline, so reaching resolution on the remaining issues is very important if were to be successful in winning this project.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Developments mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attractnew corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd or http://www.investtennessee.org