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Amazon is operational

Fulfillment center opened with more than 1,200 employees

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JEFFERSONVILLE — DEVELOPMENT HOPES

But the bigger impact offered by Moore will be the development that will occur because Amazon has launched its operations at River Ridge Commerce Center.

“We certainly need another gas station or two and a couple of fast food restaurants up this way,” he said. “I hope this spurs some development from some private investors.”

Coupled with the groundbreaking for the east-end bridge, additional development is expected to follow Amazon’s lead in locating a facility in River Ridge.

“I think a lot of people pay attention to a company the size of Amazon,” Moore said. “Companies that have money and want to invest are looking for a place to relocate. Obviously, Jeffersonville, Ind., has jumped to the top of the list. Every need for getting to or from Jeffersonville is right here and you are going to see a whole lot of money invested in Jeffersonville.”

Moore added he has had conversations with companies wanting to locate at River Ridge, but would not offer the names of any interested parties.

Paul Wheatley, director of marketing and finance for River Ridge, confirmed that there is ongoing interest in sites at River Ridge, but again would not comment on specifics.

“Amazon definitely gave us a bit of a bounce on looks and inquiries,” he said.

Moore offered further support that a boom is coming to the city, as he said it has added 2,300 new jobs since the first of the year.

“It not only has the impact of jobs but ... we’ve got a land out here to be developed for subdivisions,” Moore said. “The housing market is going to take off because of this. The area businesses are going to reap the benefits from all of this. You’re going to see a huge impact.

“We’ve got to look at this as a competition. I’m competing with Louisville. I’m competing with Clarksville, Sellersburg, every city around here. I’ve got to make Jeffersonville the most attractive choice. So far, it seems to be working.”

Calls made to Amazon seeking comment earlier in the week were not returned by press time Wednesday.

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Erin Klein, a nationally-recognized education blogger and Tom Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C., speak to a group of educators at Jeffersonville High School on Monday. They were just a couple of the big-name education personalities at the second annual Greater Clark Connected Conference.

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