#2 -- Interchange is completed, Amazon.com prepares to open shop

Governor Bob McDonnell announced in late December that Amazon would invest a total of $135 million to establish two fulfillment centers in Virginia. The company will invest $85 million and create 1,000 jobs at the Meadowville Technology Park in Enon, and invest $50 million in Dinwiddie County, creating 350 new jobs.

“This project that includes a $135 million investment and more than 1,350 new jobs is a tremendous win for the greater Richmond region. Amazon is a billion dollar company that is known all over the world, and the new centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties will fulfill orders from placement to delivery within their target customer range in just one to two days. Amazon operates data centers in three other locations in Virginia, and the establishment of these new operations is testament to the positive business climate and success the company has experienced in the Commonwealth.”

Just last week, county officials cut the ribbon to open the Meadowville Road/I-295 interchange that will service the businesses located at the Meadowville Technology Park. At its buildout, the technology park will look like a campus of high-tech businesses employing an estimated 7,200 workers and a private investment totaling $2.9 billion and 14.9 million square feet of office and industrial space; the construction of the buildings and infrastructure only, will generate 1,000 jobs in the construction field.

The cost of the interchange and other infrastructure was $20 million.

“We are so pleased that international Internet giant Amazon has selected Chesterfield County for its new one million square foot fulfillment center,” said Art Warren, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “It is exciting that this outstanding announcement coincides with the opening of the new Meadowville interchange which will benefit everyone, present and future. And, the infrastructure surrounding this announcement further positions the Meadowville Technology Park as a key destination for business. Welcome Amazon, as the newest member of our corporate family!”

Amazon officials said they were looking forward to being good neighbors and a member of the community. As a new member of the Chesterfield and Dinwiddie County communities, Amazon also announced that it is donating $10,000 to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, which will be allocated to food banks in these counties.  

“We look forward to opening two new Amazon facilities in the Richmond area next year, bringing tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of new jobs to the state,” said Dave Clark, vice-president, Amazon North American Operations.  “We’re grateful to Governor McDonnell and other state, county and local officials for their commitment to our investment in Virginia.”

Jay Stegmaier, county administrator for Chesterfield said, “We are extremely proud to have Amazon locate in Chesterfield County. Their name is certainly known worldwide and we are pleased to be a part of their dynamic growth.  We are very fortunate that a strong cooperative spirit, even in tight economic times, has generated positive results.” Both the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and the Chesterfield Business Council expressed their excitement and support for Amazon’s announcement. “This major economic development announcement further identifies Chesterfield County has a premier location for business and a place to live, work, and play. Congratulations Amazon and welcome to the community,” said Brennan Keene, chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.

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