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Amazon expanding in the Commonwealth

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Internet shopping giant Amazon is expanding in Central Virginia, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

As online shopping continues to gain popularity, Virginia is noticing that trend. It's already attracted Internet shopping giant, Amazon, to the Commonwealth.

"This is going to be a phenomenal new thing and having a company of the quality of Amazon come here is terrific," said Governor Bob McDonnell.

The E-commerce powerhouse will invest in two facilities that could create more than 13,000 jobs. It'll invest $85 million in a new one million square foot plant in Chesterfield County and $50 million at a facility in Dinwiddie County. That's a $135 million investment.

"We're delighted to have them here," McDonnell added. "It's a world class company. This is the future. Internet service oriented companies coming to Virginia using technologies to create jobs. We're excited."

Especially at a time when 7.6% of Virginians don't have a job. Along with other funding, the governor approved $3.5 million in grant money to help pay for the project. Each facility will be responsible for packaging and shipping out goods people order all across the world.

"Having a distribution area that much closer will certainly be a greater service to Virginians," McDonnell noted.

He says this partnership with Amazon is one of the largest new investments in Virginia in seven years, and Governor McDonnell hopes it's not the last.

"We're the most business friendly state in America and we have the second highest numbers in all of the country so this is the place to come," McDonnell said.

The governor's office says the facilities should be up and running next fall, just in time for the holidays.

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