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Project Mango Revealed: Amazon Announces Fulfillment Center In Eastern Leon County

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Construction on the 630,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Leon County is slated to begin in September.

Project Mango has been revealed. Amazon and Leon County made it official today, with the online retailer announcing plans for a robotics fulfillment center at Mahan Drive and I-10.

Construction is slated to begin next month and be completed late next year. The 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center will be the largest such facility of this type in Tallahassee and surrounding counties.

“Amazon’s project is a once-in-a-generation economic development opportunity for the entire community,” says Leon County Commission Chairman Rick Minor. “Amazon’s investment in Florida’s Capital County will be transformative. According to FSU’s analysis, the project will generate 1,346 full-time jobs, 2,256 construction jobs and a total economic impact of $451 million.”

“Supporting job growth and diversifying our economy is key to creating economic prosperity in our city,” says City of Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey. “This $200 million investment by Amazon … is a testament to our position as a vital regional economic hub.”

A news release says employees will have the opportunity to engage with advanced robotics. They will also pack and ship small items like books, toys, and electronics. Full-time workers get immediate job benefits including healthcare, retirement savings, and career training.

“I am proud of our many County teams who worked with Amazon to take this from an opportunity to a game-changing reality,” says Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “The Amazon project will be the largest job producing opportunity in our community’s history, serving as a testament to Leon County’s continuous strategic efforts to develop and grow our local economy.”

Amazon chose Leon County after the city and county Intergovernmental Agency Board approved approximately $2.5 million in incentives to support the company’s expansion.

“For the past six years, the Office of Economic Vitality has implemented a successful strategy to diversify its economy to drive high-wage job creation,” said Cristina Paredes, director of the Office of Economic Vitality. “The announcement of Amazon’s fulfillment center and long-term investment in Tallahassee-Leon County is a major win for us and leverages our community’s business friendly climate and diverse talent pool.”

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.