The Story Behind Luring Amazon.com

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In the news business there’s always a “story behind the story” and that includes how the Chattanooga region caught the attention of Amazon.com.

The Internet retail giant announced Monday the region will play a role in their explosive world wide growth with two new fulfilment centers, each about one-million square feet in size and creating up to 3,000 full-time and part-time jobs within 30 months.

In the Internet-based world we now live in people and companies expect results fast. Amazon.com found out Chattanooga is able to deliver the results they wanted, when they wanted.

“The big story is how quickly this project came together,” Trevor Hamilton, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic development, said.

Hamilton led the local team that brought Amazon.com to town. He said the first contact from Amazon.com was in early September when company representatives told Tennessee state officials they were looking for sites to build fulfillment centers. Chattanooga was pitched and a “Chattanooga Can Do” team was assembled with people from the public and private sectors.

Three months later an 80-acre site that sits across the street from the Volkswagen plant at Enterprise South Industrial Park is being prepared after Amazon.com’s announcement Monday.

“In fact in all of my years of doing economic development I’ve never quite experienced a project of this magnitude coming together this quickly.” Hamilton said.

The three months it took to get a commitment from Amazon.com is less than half of the time it took to get a commitment from Volkswagen after their initial contact.

Just before Amazon.com made their first contact news organizations around the world ran stories about Chattanooga’s ability to provide one-gigabyte upload and download Internet speeds on the EPB fiber optic system. Only two other cities, in Europe and Asia, currently offer that ability.

“Our telecommunications and Internet infrastructure is certainly something that we made Amazon.com very well aware of and I think they were surprised to learn a community our size has the kind of capabilities we have here,” Hamilton said.

From the start the Chattanooga Can Do team got ahead of the project. They started the process of getting environmental permits and picking a contractor who could be ready at the site to move dirt once a final commitment was made.

“We had to go out on a limb, perhaps, and jump start some things to get ready for Amazon.com even before the announcement,” Hamilton said. 

Amazon.com is building a second fulfillment center in Bradley County and the team there was also instrumental in making sure the company can achieve it’s goal of having both new centers finished and in operation by next fall. The Chattanooga center will handle smaller items like books, CDs, DVDs and small electronics while the Bradley County center will process orders for larger items like furniture and appliances.

Because of the fast track approach on several large projects in the last three years the Chattanooga region is out pacing the state and nation in job growth, according to Hamilton.

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