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Steve Mills

Could or should Bedford County throw its name in the pot for Amazon?

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10:06 AM
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    So if everyone in Bedford county quit what they are doing now (including nothing) and started working for Amazon, they would still need 10s of thousands of workers to move here. Do we really want that? Doesn't really matter because we can't support that. We could however benefit if they went to Nashville or Murfreesboro.

    -- Posted by fair share on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 10:22 AM
  • Murfreesboro is already steamrolling its way down 231, replacing beautiful countryside, peaceful farmland, and a wonderful place to live, with the noisy, congested hellhole that is city life. We need nothing that will speed up the process.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 12:19 PM
  • I do not believe Shelbyville would be chosen at this time because the infrastructure and population would not support a business model the size of Amazonů...

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 1:49 PM
  • While I think it would be great to have them as a neighbor there is no way it could be staffed. I have been trying to hire someone for two months with no success. Pay is almost 2X minimum wage. Even Tyson has offered $15 an hour plus a sign on bonus, and they can still not hire people. This is a whole different ball of wax but why is it no one wants to work anymore? Tried the Temp service thing . They show up work a half day and do not return after lunch. Job is nowhere near as hard as Tyson or Amazon would be.

    -- Posted by kings11 on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 6:42 PM
  • I would not necessarily be for this and agree that the infrastructure would be sorely tested but playing devil's advocate, there are some benefits.

    Property values,tax revenues from land, homes and retail (if Shelbyville could respond to it) would help our strapped school system and infrastructure.

    I agree with and understand kings11 issue with trying to find workers who understand and are willing to work. I don't know what you are looking for but a magnet like Amazon would get more employees looking in the area wanting to grow with the opportunities.

    Many of these jobs would need some higher education if they are filling a second corporate office. MTSU could be a prime groomer.

    BUT alas, I doubt we could even get close, but should we be at least trying to help connecting counties that do have a chance? We may already be doing that. Does anyone know?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 7:52 PM
  • It is true that the potential pool of employees is sub par. That should be no surprise when you consider the demographics of the county. It is not that we are not producing good enough quality graduates from our schools; it is that virtually everyone with the drive and ambition to get an education, develop skills, and seek a good job emigrates. Of course, this is always a chicken or egg question. If we brought in jobs that required skills and/or education, would our best young people stay? Maybe, but on an immediate basis we would see people from outside the community commute or move in to fill the jobs.

    As far as the fools gold of the tax revenues that would bail out our schools and infrastructure goes, that is an illusion (albeit a seductive illusion.) With the "incentives" that would be required to land an Amazon, the City and County would see a net negative. The initial flow of revenue would look like a bonanza, but we would soon discover that the additional costs of new schools and infrastructure would far outstrip that revenue, and we would be in an even worse financial bind than we are now. The reality of this so-called growth is that the people who are already there bear the burden of paying for it. For a county our size, a deal the size of Amazon would destroy us. Our taxes would have to be so high that no one could pay them. That is why the "big deals" go to the "big cities." Only in a big pool can the increased taxes be absorbed, and the myth of the benefits of bought growth sustained.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Sep 8, 2017, at 9:27 AM
  • -- Posted by jcarney on Fri, Sep 8, 2017, at 11:58 AM
  • Thanks John, and we were sooooo close. Actually, if Nashville got it, we would probably see some of the better results.

    I never expected us to be able to get in the running, but wanted to start a discussion to see what was thought.

    I personally came back to this area when I got married and decided to start a family for some the reasons many see as a negative. Having seen many, I knew I did not want the city.

    Although our daughter has chosen the city for now, I suspect the "country" has had enough time to influence her and eventually she will return to a similar environment. Maybe not Bedford County, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 8, 2017, at 1:20 PM
  • Kings, where are you looking to hire? I k now a couple people who are looking for work and could really use a job that pays enough to live on. I would be happy to send them your way. They are good honest workers, who do not blink at hard work.

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Sat, Sep 16, 2017, at 4:28 PM
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