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Amazon breaks ground on $1.5 billion, 900-acre Prime Air hub at CVG

Bezos: "Let's move some dirt!"
Posted: 6:01 PM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 09:55:21-04

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.

WCPO's ongoing series, Move Up Cincinnati, brings you stories about how people in our area are transforming our city and the way we get around. We will also tell the stories of those left behind -- and the people working to bring our communities together. To contact the Move Up Cincinnati team, email us at moveupcincinnati@wcpo.com .