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Music City Center creates construction jobs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Crews have already started construction, making way for the new Music City Center and jobless Mid-State construction workers are hopeful the project will turn into an opportunity.

"It is sobering because [many] of resumes I get are from people who are unemployed," Larry Atema, senior project manager for the project, told News 2.

Altogether, the Music City Center will create about 3,000 jobs.

During peak times, 600 to 700 people will be on site.

It's good news in a city where the unemployment rate is above 10%.

"There's a tremendous amount of interest in each package we have, that will be going out and the interest is heavy," Atema continued.

Many of the bids will likely come from out of state companies and if it's low enough, they'll get the job.

"The minute you say that, everybody says, there's not local jobs but there really is because while they're expertise may be coming from out-of-town, no contractor can afford to import people," Atema explained.  "They will hire locally."

About 100 people are already working on the new facility, which is in the demolition phase.

The project will take about three years to complete.

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