Amazon will be bringing 5,000 jobs to downtown Nashville with its new Operations Center of Excellence, the company announced Tuesday.
The city petitioned to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2 project in the fall of 2017. Amazon chose Northern Virginia and New York City to hold the new headquarters, but it agreed to build an additional operations center in Nashville.
“Today’s announcement that Amazon will create 5,000 jobs that on average pay $150,000 is a huge win for Nashville and for the Belmont community,” said Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher in a statement.
Nashville is offering performance-based incentives of up to $102 million to the company in return for creating 5,000 jobs with average wages higher than $150,000, according to a press release from Amazon.
Fisher, who crafted part of the proposal to bring Amazon to Nashville, believes the center will be beneficial for Belmont students and graduates, he said.
“The operations center will require a variety of skills and a level of educational achievement that will stretch us to be even better,” he said in the statement. “That Amazon selected Nashville confirms our belief that there’s not a more vibrant place to live than the place we already call home.”