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Cities see increasing competition for warehouse development


Cities see increasing competition for warehouse development

In recent years, the warehouse logistics industry has become such a massive driver of jobs growth for many communities nationwide that cities are now aggressively competing to have such facilities built within their borders. That's certainly the case in Fresno, California, where local officials are working to get a massive warehouse project built by one of the nation's top e-commerce companies.

Some city officials in Fresno are trying to put together a sizable package of incentives that would convince Amazon to build a planned fulfillment center measuring some 850,000 square feet there, according to a report from Your Central Valley. The hope is that if Amazon decides to come to town, it would create more than 2,000 jobs for locals.

Wait and see
While that proposal has yet to be approved by the city council, it's expected that the deal will be rubber-stamped in the near future, the report said. Ideally, the speed with which Fresno expedites the process will be a selling point because Amazon reportedly wants to get its warehouse operations in the region up to speed as soon as possible.

"We're going to ask the Fresno City Council to authorize entering in to an incentive agreement with a company called, Golden State FC LLC," Larry Westerlund, director of economic development for the City of Fresno, told the newspaper. "It would be a great addition to Fresno and our workforce. The incentive agreement is designed to have them ask and add more employees so we would ask for more full-time jobs."

Major efforts from the e-commerce titan
If approved, the Fresno project would become the 11th Amazon warehouse in the Golden State, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee. It would be located about two and a half hours south of the company's recently announced Sacramento location, which will open sometime next year and bring about 1,000 jobs to the state's capital region. The Sacramento location, which was unveiled over the summer, will compensate workers in much the same way Amazon does at other nearby sites, with salaries of about $14 per hour with benefits.

Consequently, those looking to fill logistics jobs in California in the months ahead may need to be a little more aggressive when it comes to keeping up with regional trends. That will help to ensure they get the best possible warehouse workers available to them.