Final approval for Shutterfly's Shakopee expansion

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The Scott County board Tuesday unanimously approved a nine-year tax abatement deal for Shutterfly's $60 million expansion in Shakopee.

The Shakopee Valley News reported that the business incentive package was another incentive to land the Internet-based photo company's planned expansion in Shakopee. Shutterfly anticipates hiring 329 full-time workers plus an additional 658 to 895 part-time and seasonal employees. Annual payroll at full ramp-up is estimated to be $12 million.

The Star Tribune reports that the county tax abatements are valued at $551,159 to $734,878 over a nine-year period. That is in addition to the tax abatement deal approved by the Shakopee City Council, which is valued at $569,078 to $758,771, also over a nine-year period.

Scott County also offered Shutterfly part of its fiber backbone and will assist with up to $100,000 in capital costs of constructing the connection.

Construction of the 250,000 square foot new facility in the Dean Lakes Business Park along Highway 169 is slated to begin next month, with occupancy expected next summer.

Earlier this summer, Gov. Mark Dayton and other government officials met in secret with Shutterfly executives to promote the deal.

Founded in 1999, Shutterfly offers free online photo storage and sells professionally-bound photo books, greeting cards and stationary, personalized calendars, other photo-based merchandise and prints.

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