Frequently Asked Questions
Blue Oval City is a planned automotive assembly complex in west Tennessee. It will be the largest, most advanced and efficient automotive production campus in Ford Motor Company’s history. The campus will include a Ford assembly plant, a supplier park and a battery manufacturing and recycling plant in partnership with SK Innovation. The site will become a vertically integrated, carbon-neutral ecosystem with key suppliers and battery manufacturing on the same campus where Ford will assemble next generation all-electric F-Series trucks. Here’s a recap of the announcement.
Ford and SK have plans to create 5,800 direct jobs on site.
Ford expects the Blue Oval City automotive assembly complex to be operational in 2025.
The Megasite Authority of West Tennessee (MAWT) is comprised of an 11-member board of directors whose purpose is to develop, operate, manage, incentivize, and promote the Megasite. It was established in October 2021, by the Tennessee General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 8001 and Senate Bill 8001. For more information, visit the Megasite Authority website (found here).
Clay Bright, Megasite Authority CEO
Governor Bill Lee, ex officio member
Jeff Huffman, Tipton County Mayor
Charlie Tuggle, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for First Horizon National Corp.
Michael Banks, Banks Law Firm
Evelyn Robertson, former Southwest Tennessee Development District Director
Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, Economic and Community Development
Commissioner Butch Eley, Finance and Administration
Commissioner Christi Branscom, General Services
The Center for Economic Research, a division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, expects the project to have the following projected impacts in the region:
- The project is anticipated to generate 27,000 new jobs to support the Megasite’s operations, including direct, indirect and induced new jobs. This will result in $1.02 billion in annual earnings;
- Contribute $3.5 billion each year to Tennessee’s gross state product;
- Generate temporary construction benefits including $5.6 billion in capital investments.
- Additionally, the equivalent of 33,000 temporary direct, indirect and induced jobs are expected to support the construction period.
General information can be found on TN ECD’s website that was used to market the property to prospective businesses.
Please access the resources and best practices sections here. These sections provide direct contact information for various agencies, resources and programs, from water or sewer to roads and rail.
Please check back as new information will continually be added to help communities. If you still have questions, send an email Brooxie.Carlton@tn.gov.
ECD is hosting bi-monthly meetings for mayors, economic development professionals, utilities, etc. Those meeting dates, recordings from previous meetings, and information on how to access the virtual meetings are on TNECD’s Rural Development calendar.
ECD will be contracting with a company to help communities develop community plans that address water and sewer, rail, roads, housing needs, impacts to schools, population projections, etc. More information will be out soon about how your community can access these planning services.
Suppliers will be looking in the region for high quality shovel-ready sites. TNECD can help communities identify and develop industrial sites through our Select TN programs including the Property Evaluation Program, our Site Development Grant program, and our Select TN Certified Sites program. For more information on those programs, email Select.Tennessee@tn.gov.
Subcontractors can find more information on upcoming construction opportunities by visiting the Wallbridge Blue Oval City website (found here). TNECD will also share updates on subcontractor opportunity fairs as they are scheduled and more information becomes available.
Several community impact meetings have covered this topic and several panelists recommended the book Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands by Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway to provide a breadth of cultural education and how to’s for proper business protocols.