HEBRON, Ky. — Climbing into a front-end loader Tuesday afternoon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos officially broke ground on the e-commerce giant's new Prime Air hub.
"Let's move some dirt!" Bezos exclaimed, launching construction on the new $1.5 billion, 900-acre facility -- sitting just south of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati International Airport.
"This hub is going to allow us to get packages to customers faster, and that's a big deal," Bezos said during Tuesday's news conference. "We're going to move Prime from two-day to one-day, and this hub is a big part of that. We're super excited about that."
Last month, Boone County officials referred to the new air hub as a "mega project for the region." Airport officials estimate the facility will add 2,700 jobs to CVG's already-existing 10,000 jobs.
Boone County Judge Executive recently told WCPO he thinks the hub will generate a large ripple effect in terms of economic development.
"We could have well over 100 other companies locate here in our region to be near the Prime Air hub," he said.