BOONE COUNTY, Ky. - It’s been two months since Amazon officials broke ground on the Prime Air Hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). Following that announcement, officials say Northern Kentucky is seeing growth.
“The economic spinoffs from the project are already starting to show up. There’s a lot of new warehousing and distribution center construction going on across the country,” Florence mayor Diane Whalen said.
The growth is something Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brent Cooper calls the “Amazon Effect.”
“Pretty much everybody is very excited about the Amazon development, but also about all the developments coming around it,” Cooper said.
Perfetti Van Melle opened a new distribution center near CVG, and Coca Cola announced a new distribution center to be located near that Amazon Air Hub. Those new businesses will bring more jobs, but it could be a challenge to fill those positions.
“We do have the lowest unemployment rates in the state right now, so the workforce will become a challenge and finding enough people to fill those positions,” Whalen said.
Those workers filling the new jobs will also need a place to live.
“We are going to see continued housing growth. There is a lot of need right now for affordable housing,” Whalen said.
The extra people expected to move to the area to fill the new jobs means there will be more people on the roads. Some infrastructure projects are already underway.
“The community will continue to grow. My hope is that we will be able to continue to find ways to keep up with that growth,” Whalen said.
While all growth can come with growing pains, there is still a lot to look forward to in Northern Kentucky.
“It’s making our economy boom. We are really excited about it,” Cooper said.
The Amazon Cargo Air Hub and loading dock are scheduled to open in 2021.