As expected, Amazon has announced that New York City and Northern Virginia would be its two HQ2 winner sites. But also added was the twist that Nashville will be getting a 5,000 person operations HQ. From the Tennessean:
“This is the largest jobs announcement in the history of the state of Tennessee,” Gov. Bill Haslam said, adding that Amazon gave them the news a month ago. “This is a huge win.”
The announcement comes more than a year after Amazon said it was scoping cities for a second headquarters and received 238 bids for the designation. Amazon chose Northern Virginia and New York City for second headquarters sites, but the smaller investment marks a significant jobs gain for Nashville.
“We realized that it would make a lot of sense for us to have an Eastern United States regional hub for our operations business and Nashville just really impressed us in the HQ2 process,” said Amazon Senior Vice President Jay Carney. “It’s a city pointing toward the future. It made itself very appealing for investment. It’s a place where, if people don’t already live there, they are excited about moving there. That’s always an important issue for us.”
The Nashville jobs will include management and tech-focused jobs, including software developers, with earnings expected to average $150,000, Carney said. He said he expected Amazon to recruit locally and from outside of the area.
The new site, dubbed the Operations Center of Excellence, will be responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities.
That national pipeline of talent continues to pay dividends for Nashville. Though I think there are very serious questions about the city’s ability to scale its infrastructure to keep up with growth.