Amazon is spending $1.1 billion on data centers and other facilities in the Columbus, Ohio area, which will create 1,000 new jobs. The online retailer said it plans to hire locally.
“One of the reasons we came here was the workforce,” Amazon’s Paul Misener said at today’s announcement with Governor John Kasich and JobsOhio CEO John Minor in Columbus. Statehouse News Bureau chief Karen Kasler was at the event.
Misener says it was @JohnKasich who pushed this – Kasich said: "That's because I want a drone."
— Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) May 29, 2015
The state approved $81 million in tax incentives back in August for Vadata, an Amazon subsidiary, according the the Columbus Dispatch. In return, Amazon will spend $1.1 billion over the next three years on constructing and maintaining data centers for its Amazon Web Services division in suburban areas, as well as adding other facilities like fulfillment centers.
Construction on a Hillard data center has already begun, and the city of Dublin gave Vadata free land in return for building a center in its borders. The New Albany International Business Park will be the site of the third after a deal with Orange Township fell through.
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Update: This post has been corrected to accurately reflect the scope of Amazon’s investment.