Amazon selects Nashville as East Coast hub of operations

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Amazon announced Tuesday it will create thousands of jobs in Nashville at its new Operations Center of Excellence, the company’s Eastern hub for its retail operations division. 

The hub will be located in downtown Nashville and is expected to create 5,000 jobs with an average wage of more than $150,000. Amazon plans to invest $230 million at the new operation site featuring one million square feet of energy-efficient office space.

What to know

Amazon's decision to create 5,000 additional jobs in Nashville makes this the largest jobs announcement since the launch of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2020 economic development initiative in 1990, according to a release.

The company currently employs about 2,500 people at its four Nashville-area distribution centers.

What they said

“Amazon’s decision to expand its presence in Nashville is a direct result of the talented workforce and strong community we’ve built here,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley. “These are quality, high-paying jobs that will boost our economy, provide our workers with new opportunities, and show the rest of the world that Nashville is a premiere location for business investment. We thank Amazon for investing in Nashville, and we look forward to welcoming them to this community.”

“We want to thank Amazon for its continued investment in the state of Tennessee and are excited about the additional 5,000 corporate jobs they will be creating in Nashville,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “It has never been clearer that Tennessee is a great place to do business, and we continue to attract a wide variety of global companies that provide high-paying, quality jobs for our residents.”

The news comes at the same time Amazon announced Arlington, Virginia, and New York City for second headquarters sites. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters.

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