Amazon

Project Name 
Huskie
Date Announced 
2Q 2017
Site 
Salt Lake City, Utah
"We are excited to continue growing our team with the first fulfillment center in Utah. This new facility will enable us to better serve customers and improve Prime membership benefits." -- Akash Chauhan, VP of North American Operations
Jobs 

1,500 (130 incented)

Investment 

$200 million

Square Footage 

855,000 SF

Incentives 

Amazon may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the eight-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit rebate. As part of the contract with Amazon, the GOED Board of Directors has approved a post-performance tax credit rebate not to exceed $5,680,707. Each year as Amazon meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit rebate

Case Study Story 

In January of 2017, EDCUtah, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Salt Lake City, were contacted by Amazon.com Inc. after the company placed Utah on a regional shortlist of potential locations for a new robotic distribution center. The team jumped into action, providing Amazon with in-depth data analysis around labor force and labor cost comparisons, as well as commute and traffic patterns in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant, an area the company had identified prior to contacting “Team Utah.”

With a goal to have this new facility open by the 2018 holiday season, it was crucial to show that this undeveloped piece of land could be ready for Amazon quickly. EDCUtah’s Director of Global Strategy & Outreach Stephanie Frohman worked directly with Amazon’s developer, Seefried Properties, and coordinated efforts with multiple parties including GOED, Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Power, the Utah Department of Facilities and Construction Management (DFCM), and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Each of these organizations played a key role in answering questions and resolving issues as the company weighed their decision. Frohman worked diligently with DFCM and many other Salt Lake City departments to secure the road access Amazon needed.

As part of their expansion process, Amazon invited a delegation from Utah to tour their Seattle headquarters and a robotic distribution center in Kent, Washington. The delegation included Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, Senator Wayne Harper, GOED Executive Director Val Hale, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City’s Director of Economic Development Lara Fritts, Stephanie Frohman, and other important project stakeholders. The visit was a great opportunity to show Team Utah’s support for the project and to learn more about Amazon’ culture and community impact. It also provided the team an opportunity to tour a facility similar to what will be built in Salt Lake.

On June 8th, 2017, GOED announced the approval of an incentive for 130 of the 1,500 jobs that Amazon plans to create. Amazon announced details about the facility on July 5th, 2017. The 855,000-plus square foot fulfillment center will support more than 30,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Utah that are growing their businesses through Amazon products and services.