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Amazon project expected to create 1,000 jobs in Frederick County

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Amazon plans to establish an e-commerce warehouse and distribution operation in Frederick County, a project expected to create 1,000 jobs.

The Seattle-based online retailer will build a one million-square-foot facility in the county’s White Hall Commerce Center. Virginia successfully competed against West Virginia for the project.

“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with this major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.

Amazon already has warehouse and distribution facilities in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties.

“Our ability to expand in Virginia is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America Operations, said in a statement.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County to secure the project. Amazon will be eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit, and funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

The Amazon project is the second promising the creation of at least 1,000 jobs announced in Frederick County this year. In January, Vienna-based Navy Federal Credit Union said that it would spend $100 million to expand its Frederick operations center, creating 1,400 jobs.

Navy Federal opened the operations center in 2006 and has expanded it twice since then.

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