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Why did Amazon choose us?

Local experts explain what led to Amazon's watershed development on the West Plains


Last updated 9/27/2018 at 11:21pm

Paul Delaney

One of the reasons officials say Amazon chose to build its new distribution center on the West Plains was the speed with which the company could go from clearing land to putting up walls.

As mega-corporation Amazon builds its 600,000 square foot Fulfillment Center on the north side of Geiger Boulevard, many West Plains and Spokane County residents are asking: Why here? Why us?

The tech giant has the resources to build anywhere in the world, so what was it that caused them to purchase nearly 80 acres southwest of the Spokane International Airport for what will be the largest single-site employer in the county since Kaiser Aluminum in 1946? What exactly is the draw of Spokane County?

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast Sept. 19 addressing just that questio...

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