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Online retail giant Amazon.com will pick Wilson and Rutherford counties as the sites for permanent facilities in Middle Tennessee, multiple sources told the Nashville Business Journal.

The City of Murfreesboro received a plan submittal yesterday afternoon for a million-plus square-foot facility on Joe B. Jackson Parkway,  Chris Griffith, city engineer, told The Murfreesboro Post.

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 that 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 submitted plans to multiple cities.

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Latture said 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.”

The company plans to have a million-square-foot “sort facility” built in Murfreesboro off Joe B. Jackson Boulevard that could create up to 1,100 jobs and bring a capital investment of $87.5 million. The facility is projected to create $47.6 million in tax revenue from construction and operation over 20 years, according to an analysis presented to the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce.

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