Frequently Asked Questions
How many jobs will be created?
Ford and SK have plans to create 5,800 direct jobs on site.
Where can I get more information on available jobs?
Please visit this link to sign up to be notified of the latest updates related to jobs directly from Ford: https://ford.gr8people.com/communities/9757/tn-workforce-of-the-future
When is it expected to be complete?
Ford expects the Blue Oval City automotive assembly complex to be operational in 2025.
When will production of the truck begin?
Where can I find information from Ford on the project details?
The official BlueOval City website is: Blue Oval City (ford.com) The have announcements and events as well as general information. The twitter handle is @blueovalcity
How can subcontractors find more information?
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.
What is the Megasite Authority of West Tennessee?
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).
Who sits on the Megasite Authority Board of Directors?
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
When is the next Megasite Authority board meeting?
Meeting notifications will be posted on the Megasite Authority of West Tennessee's calendar found here.
How will this development affect Tennessee communities?
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.
How can I find resources to prepare my community for BlueOval City impacts?
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.
I am a local mayor (or economic developer), how can I find more information about how this will impact my community?
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.
Are there resources to help my community understand the impacts and plan for them?
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.
How can I prepare to recruit suppliers to my community?
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.
I am a community leader that would like to invite Ford to my community festival or economic development event. How do I get in touch with them?
Community outreach efforts will be ramping up in the coming years as Ford prepares to hire employees for production. You can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know about opportunities.
How can I prepare to work with companies that are based in a foreign country?
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.