Published: October 9, 2011
Local officials could not confirm last week if Rutherford County has been selected as a site for the much-publicized amazon.com warehouse, but is still a possibility.
The City of Murfreesboro received a plan submittal Thursday afternoon for a million-plus square-foot facility on Joe B. Jackson Parkway, according to Chris Griffith, city engineer.
He said the item is on the city’s Planning Commission agenda for its 1 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in room 218 of City Hall.
However, Griffith said this isn’t a guarantee that Murfreesboro has been selected for the Amazon site. He pointed out that when the city was in the running for a FedEx facility some years ago, the company also submitted plans to multiple cities.
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Latture said Friday afternoon that he could not confirm if Amazon has chosen Murfreesboro.
“We have not been officially told that we are one of the sites. We have not been told we are eliminated either,” he said.
“We are continuing to work with them and hopefully bring one of the operations to Rutherford County. We understand the decision will be coming later – maybe even three to four weeks later.”
City officials have been closed-mouthed about the negotiations, simply referring to them as “Project Tango.” But that didn’t stop Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam from confirming in a press conference last week that Amazon and Project Tango are one and the same.
In the same press conference, Haslam announced an agreement with Amazon resulting in the company’s subsidiaries creating 3,500 full time Tennessee-based jobs with benefits, thousands of seasonal jobs. Additionally, the company is making a $350 million in capital investment by maintaining the previously announced projects in Hamilton, Bradley and Wilson counties and additional projects in Tennessee.
Rutherford County’s Industrial Development Board has offered competitive tax breaks to bring the sort and non-sort facilities to the La Verge and Murfreesboro.
Amazon’s commitment last week represents 2,000 more full-time jobs than were originally announced in Hamilton and Bradley counties.
“We are proud that this worldwide brand has chosen to make a significant investment in Tennessee and is committed to expanding its presence here,” Haslam said during the announcement. “This agreement balances meeting the needs of the company and the needs of the state by providing certainty to Amazon and brick and mortar retailers in Tennessee regarding sales tax.”
While the jobs are certain, no announcement has been made as to the permanent location of Amazon’s sites.