OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials have agreed to spend $1.7 million to help Amazon open a customer order fulfillment center in hopes of creating more jobs.
The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to authorize staff to negotiate a job-creation incentives agreement with the online retail giant.
The proposal includes $1 million in public payments to Amazon for more than 50 managerial jobs associated with a new warehouse and shipping terminal at Will Rogers World Airport. The city would provide another $700,000 in road improvements.
The city will pay based on whether Amazon creates the new market jobs, which are expected to grow into 1,750 positions.
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Councilman Ed Shadid opposes the deal and Amazon’s efforts to keep details from the public. Shadid says the agreement will hurt local small businesses.