published Monday, November 29th, 2010

Amazon.com eyes Chattanooga, Bradley centers

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    Amazon.com is the company that has plans to build two 1 million-square-foot distribution centers in the Chattanooga area, the Times Free Press has learned.

State and local officials on Monday confirmed that Amazon.com is in discussions about locating two fulfillment centers in Chattanooga and Bradley County.

If negotiations are successful, the two projects would represent a combined investment of more than $164 million to create more than 2 million square feet of distribution space and up to 1,400 new jobs over a period of years, officials said.

“We are working diligently with Amazon.com officials to work through outstanding issues on this project,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen. “It is my hope that we can bring these discussions to a successful resolution and create a large number of jobs for the people of Tennessee.”

The Times Free Press identified Amazon.com earlier today.

Matt Kisber, state commissioner of economic and community development, said that because of the need to move forward at the local level on payment-in-lieu-of tax agreements, it was felt it was important for policymakers at the state and local levels to know who we’re in discussions with.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said that in addition to tax incentive agreements, there are other issues to work through at the state and local levels.

He said there are “high hopes of firming up Amazon’s investment in the next few weeks.”

“Amazon would make a great addition to our local economy,” said Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey. “This is a complex project.”

See Tuesday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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podiebell said...

Will this mean my two day shipping would be overnighted?!?! YEY!

November 29, 2010 at 9:24 p.m.
sd said...

That was my first thought, too. Faster shipping! Yaay.

November 29, 2010 at 9:43 p.m.
SDG49 said...

This is GREAT news for the county . I believe they also sell Bikes. maybe our county politicians will FINISH bike paths .????? See Fred on the 10pm TV news. "C'Mon Fred Give them the Trail " ??? Soddy has a 6 mile RR bed sittin.!!

November 29, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.
jimmysparks said...

For those of you that like to use Amazon and live in TN, this is a very bad deal. Suddenly you will be paying an extra 9.25% in TN sales tax. It would be much better for TN users of Amazon if they put the distribution center in Ringgold GA.

I stopped using buy.com when they put a distribution center in Memphis and started charging sales tax.

Amazon, please don't come to Tennessee.

November 29, 2010 at 10:57 p.m.
Amos_Ives_Root said...

why do you think the state's going to give them so much money to put their facility there, jimmy?

November 29, 2010 at 11:01 p.m.
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