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Amazon to build $200 million delivery center in Baton Rouge

By: - June 16, 2021 6:28 pm

The bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge is a traffic bottleneck, and Louisiana’s congressional delegation has long wanted a new bridge to be included in a federal infrastructure package. “Views of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge” by Billy Metcalf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Amazon will build a $200 million “major robotics fulfillment center” in Baton Rouge on the former site of the Cortana Mall, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday. 

The project will create over 1,000 new direct jobs, about 1,100 new indirect jobs and 800 construction jobs in the capital city, Edwards said.

“Today’s announcement is the latest in a pattern of high profile announcements — a sign that Louisiana’s economy is roaring back with the same confidence and the same momentum that we enjoyed early last year just before the pandemic,” Edwards said.

The facility — which will also operate as a delivery station for Amazon — is scheduled to be completed by December 2022.

Louisiana Economic Development offered Amazon an incentive package that included a $5 million “performance-based grant” for the project.

“This project undoubtedly showcases the successes of our effort to attract investments to our community,” Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday. “Today serves as a testimony to the importance of public-private partnerships and the transformative change they can bring about to address our community’s most challenging problems.”

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.