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HEBRON, Ky (WLWT/LEX 18) Officials with the airport say more than 2,700 jobs will be brought to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after Amazon.com Inc. builds its primary cargo hub in northern Kentucky. 

WLWT reports that Amazon.com Inc. will invest $1.49 billion in the airport. 

Amazon stated in a press release that it will be investing in Kentucky with plans to build a centralized air hub to support their growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes. 

“As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees. We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future,” said Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “We couldn’t be more excited to add 2,000-plus Amazon employees to join the more than 10,000 who work with us today across our robust operations in Kentucky.”

Amazon's Prime Air hub at CVG will support their fleet of planes by loading, unloading, and sorting the packages.

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore says this billion dollar project came onto his radar in October. An Amazon expansion means more jobs as soon as shovels go in the ground.  

"First of all, the construction jobs during the buildup phase, just concrete workers and steel workers," said Moore. "Having jobs that are for pilots, and aircraft mechanics."

Jobs will bring more people to restaurants like Smokin' This and That BBQ in nearby Florence.

"(The area) has had the airport, and it's had Amazon, and that's it," said Brittany Meeks.

Soon, the two will be tied together as the process to build a hub for Amazon Prime Air cargo planes begins.

"Hebron's gonna grow, and more people will come to the area. Which will bring more people into all the small businesses around here, which is awesome for this area especially," said Meeks.

"They're gonna be eating in the local restaurants. They're gonna be staying in hotels from time to time, but also the benefit of the local dry cleaners or the local insurance agent," said Judge Moore.

Moore says Governor Matt Bevin was instrumental in bringing the project to northern Kentucky, and believes the impact will spread across the Commonwealth.

"And if we can win these projects for Kentucky, that is tax revenue that goes into many formulas that benefit every piece of Kentucky," said Moore.

There's no timetable for construction to start, but Moore says he expects Amazon planes to touch down in the airport in the next couple of months.

“Amazon’s Prime Air hub promises to revolutionize the fulfillment industry worldwide, and Kentucky is excited to partner with them as they embark on this disruptive, transformative and exciting venture,” said Gov. Bevin. “Kentucky’s ideal location, proven workforce and an already extensive shipping and logistics industry have been the backbone of our relationship with Amazon for nearly 20 years. This new project will pay dividends to both the company and our state, and we are truly grateful for the jobs and economic impact it will bring to the commonwealth.”

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