Will Tampa reap the rewards of new Amazon deal?

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday a partnership with Amazon in which the internet megagiant will bring more than 3,000 full time jobs with benefits to Florida — along with more than $300 million in investment to the state — by the end of 2016.

But the locations for wholesale trade fulfillment centers have yet to be determined. Amazon is considering several sites in Florida, including one in Hillsborough County located in the South Shore Corporate Park near I-75.  This area is well positioned in the middle of the state with access to major highways, rails and ports.

The Hillsborough County Commission is wasting no time in their interest in landing such a deal: their June 19 agenda includes an item labeled the “Amazon proposal”, described as having the potential to create 1,000 jobs.

The deal was reached with Gov. Scott after his concerns were addressed regarding the impact of an in-state Amazon facility on sales taxes owed by Floridians. Amazon will work with Gov. Scott and Enterprise Florida to select locations for its warehouses, leaving open the possibility that Amazon could receive incentive dollars from the state prior to construction.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.