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Bessemer, JeffCo eye incentives for Amazon warehouse

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Amazon is in talks to build a warehouse near Birmingham that could create up to 3,000 jobs.

Public notices show Amazon plans an 855,000 square-foot (7,900 sq. meter) fulfillment center in Bessemer.

The Jefferson County Commission will vote next week on spending up to $3.3 million to fund road work and pay incentives to Amazon. The Bessemer City Council will consider giving part of the city’s occupational tax collected from Amazon employees to the company. Bessemer would cap permit fees at $200,000 and cap its annual business license tax at $5,000.

Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens tells news outlets the state will also offer undisclosed incentives.
Commissioner David Carrington says the facility could open in fall 2019.

The warehouse is targeted for 133 acres (54 hectares) owned by U.S. Steel.

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