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Updated: 06/20/2013 01:40:07PM

This Amazon deal brings jobs, revenues to state

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Tim Smolarick

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Although Internet consumers may not be thrilled, last week’s announcement that Internet giant Amazon would build a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Hillsborough County is very good news for Southwest Florida and good news for the state and business community.

Gov. Rick Scott announced last Thursday that Amazon would move operations to Florida as early as next year and create more than 3,000 new jobs. About one-third would come at a huge, $200 million “state of the art” warehouse in Ruskin, 60 miles north of North Port on Interstate 75.

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