Amazon Chooses Rocky View County
Thursday, October 26, 2017
While cities throughout North America compete for the $6.1 billion Amazon HQ2 headquarters project, Rocky View County has quietly succeeded in becoming the location for the company’s newest Fulfillment Centre.
“We are delighted to welcome an icon such as Amazon to Rocky View County,” says Reeve Greg Boehlke. “Many of the world’s leading retail and consumer products companies have moved here over the past few years, and Amazon will find its confidence in the County well placed.”
Amazon has leased an existing space in the County’s Balzac area while a new custom Fulfillment Centre is built on a 42 acre site nearby. The leased space will allow the company to begin operations almost immediately, with the new facility expected to be completed in 2018. The new Fulfillment Centre will be the size of six city blocks, and will create a number of construction-related jobs in the short term. In the long term, the facility will bring 750 full-time jobs to the County, with even more seasonal positions.
“I’m particularly proud that Rocky View County was selected on our merits. Amazon will see low taxes, but those are the same low taxes that every single one of our residents and business owners already enjoy.”
Rocky View County believes that playing to its strengths helped secure the Amazon Fulfillment Centre.
“Amazon’s move reinforces Rocky View County’s role as an economic driver in the Calgary region. We have been extremely successful and a North American leader in hosting warehousing, distribution centres, and logistical facilities. We demonstrate the kind of excellence in planning these areas that Amazon demonstrates in its business units. The County and Amazon are a great fit.”
Boehlke says Rocky View County has high standards for residential and commercial developments that locate in the County.
“In exchange, residents and business owners alike see an outstanding quality of life, strong entrepreneurial spirit, and efficient municipal government. It’s hard to find a better location to live or locate a business than Rocky View County.”
On the larger Amazon HQ2 project, Boehlke says Rocky View County wishes Calgary luck with their bid.
“We would love to see the Amazon HQ2 project come to the Calgary area. Our core values as a municipality include being a good neighbour, and if our success can benefit Calgary’s bid, we’re happy to help out however we can.”
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Amazon Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
About Rocky View County
Rocky View County encompasses almost one million acres in the Calgary region. Over 40,000 Rocky Viewers live in a unique mix of hamlet, country residential, and agricultural communities, tied together by strong rural values. Residents and businesses alike enjoy one of the lowest property tax rates in Alberta, thanks to strong municipal planning that enables welcoming residential communities and targeted commercial development.