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 Economic Development News 
Wednesday, November 14 2018

Nashville to be home to 5,000 new jobs

Nashville, TN — Amazon announced its decision to create 5,000 new jobs in Nashville in its new Operations Center of Excellence.

The Operations Center of Excellence will serve as the company’s Eastern U.S. hub for the company’s Retail Operations division and will be located in downtown Nashville. Nashville and the state of Tennessee will benefit from Amazon’s 5,000 full-time, high-paying jobs, $230 million in capital investment and one million square feet of energy-efficient office space. Currently, the company employs approximately 2,500 people in the Nashville region across four distribution centers. Amazon invested more than $5 billion into Tennessee between 2011-2017, including customer fulfillment infrastructure and employee compensation. Company investments have added more than $4 billion to Tennessee’s GDP.

Amazon’s decision to create 5,000 new jobs at its Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville makes this the largest jobs announcement since the inception of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2020 economic development initiative in 1990.

“It’s a testament to the vitality of the region’s economy that an industry leader such as Amazon has chosen Nashville for its new Operations Center of Excellence,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Nashville’s unique vibe, in-migration trends and strong business growth helped set us apart as a top 20 city for Amazon’s HQ2. Ultimately, being selected as a finalist opened the opportunity for Nashville to be chosen for this significant operation – a historic win for our region.”

“We are looking forward to joining the community and are excited to be creating high-paying jobs in Nashville. Our new Operations Center of Excellence will become the Eastern U.S. hub for our Retail Operations division,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. 

The Chamber served as the project leader, coordinating the Nashville response with its regional partners, including the Nashville Mayor’s Office, the State of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Tennessee Valley Authority, among others.

“We are grateful for Amazon’s significant investment in our region and look forward to supporting the company as they grow their presence here,” said Courtney Ross, chief economic development officer for the Chamber. “We’re also thankful for the collaboration and support of our Partnership 2020 regional partners and other team members throughout this process. Being among the top 20 HQ2 finalists was a critical step, and we’re proud of our economic development team and partners for positioning us well every step of the way.”

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

About Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2020
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies the Chamber's focus on creating economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership. Established in 1990 as an economic development and community enhancement initiative of the Chamber, Partnership 2020 is a regional cooperative dedicated to making Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best places to live, work and do business. Partnership 2020 is supported by a diverse group of public and private companies as well as governmental agencies from the organization’s 10-county service area. The work of the Chamber is supported by its members, Partnership 2020 investors and sponsors; the Chamber’s Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs and events) are Delek US Holdings, Bass, Berry & Sims, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, Gresham Smith and Regions. For more information, visit

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