Amazon expansion in Monroe would give economic boost to region

KARA DRISCOLL
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KARA DRISCOLL

A potential Amazon facility in Monroe would send an economic ripple effect through the region and provide a big boost to the economy, a local supply chain economist says.

Few details are available beyond a few words in an agenda for Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s Wednesday meeting stating Amazon is seeking incentives for a Monroe project near Interstate 75, but the application could signal that the e-commerce giant is continuing its Ohio growth streak and moving closer to the Miami Valley.

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Amazon didn’t return a request for comment with more details. The city of Monroe and the Warren County Port Authority also did not return requests for more information about the scope of what the company is proposing or what specific site it is considering.

Amazon has already been hiring thousands and planning to invest billions of dollars into nine other Ohio and northern Kentucky projects that point to what a project in Monroe could mean.

It’s footprint has expanded to include a two fulfillment centers near Columbus. The giant centers in Obetz and Etna were announced in 2015 and opened in 2016, employing thousands of workers who assemble online orders. It is also planning a third Ohio fulfillment center in the Cleveland area, which will also be considered Wednesday by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

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The potential Amazon project in Monroe could mean more direct jobs with Amazon, other local businesses benefiting from Amazon's presence, and a boost to neighboring colleges, said Shu Schiller, chair of Wright State University's department of information systems and supply chain management.

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