Salt Lake City’s department of Economic Development recently celebrated our 1-year anniversary and what an incredible year it has been. Year two is already off to a great start with the official announcement from Amazon that they will be opening up an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in the city’s Northwest Quadrant. In case you’ve been on vacation or under a rock, you heard that right – Amazon!

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Amazon’s Prime new location (Ha, see what I did there?) will take advantage of our amazing quality of life, business-friendly environment, and over 3500 acres of developable land in the Northwest Quadrant. With the amount of distribution Amazon does, it makes sense for them to have a home in Salt Lake City, known as the “Crossroads of the West” near an international airport, major interstates, and rail. Bad puns aside, Amazon’s Vice President of North American Operations stated on Business Wire that “This new facility will enable us to better serve customers and improve Prime membership benefits.”

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In addition to improving Prime membership benefits, Amazon’s Salt Lake City facility will create 1,500 full time jobs that will feature a competitive hourly wage, healthcare, 401(K), maternity and parental leave, and a program called Career Choice which will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for some courses. You can learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center here: www.amazondelivers.jobs.

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As Mayor Biskupski stated on the Mayor’s blog, “This is an incredible get for Salt Lake City and the state of Utah.” Economic Development Director Lara Fritts, Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) really did some fantastic work to make it happen.

* Blog post contributed by William Wright