Behind the scenes: How Wake County rallied for Amazon in Garner
by Laura Ohnesorge
Triangle Business Journal
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The email flurry to lure Amazon – at least in Wake County – began Dec. 18 with a slew of mandatory nondisclosure agreements. On very “short notice,” officials - from Ellen Tai, a business recruiter for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; to Ashley Cagle, assistant executive director of Wake County Economic Development - had been asked to tag team a site visit from “Project Axis.”
They did not know that, eight months later, the mystery firm considering Garner's old Garner Slim Jim site for between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs would be announced to be Amazon.