NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Amazon announced the hiring of its 1,000th employee in Nashville on Tuesday. This comes just two years after the tech giant announced it would bring 5,000 corporate and technology jobs to music city.

To date, Amazon has created more than 12,000 full-time jobs in Tennessee. The company has invested $8.9 billion dollars since 2010 and hiring is ongoing.

“This is 1,000 new jobs in a time when not just the overall American economy, but right here in Tennessee, our middle Tennessee economy, the Nashville, specifically, economy, we need those jobs,” said Metro Council member Freddie O’Connell. “That building is going to be, I think, really useful to sort of the next phase of Nashville and kind of, again, strengthening what I hope becomes a vibrant urban core just as we saw as COVID was arriving.” 

Amazon says they’ve able to hire locally as well as attract new talent to the city. 

In addition to new jobs, Amazon announced Tuesday that they are expanding their Amazon Future Engineer program in Nashville. 

Today, we’re excited to announce that we are expanding the Amazon Future Engineer program in Nashville. Amazon provided 21 schools with robotics programming and three high schools with introductory and AP computer science courses. Now, they are going a step further and adding all 72 elementary schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools, supporting more than 32,000 elementary-aged students.

Holly Sullivan, Head of Worldwide Economic Development for Amazon said they are building over 5,000 positions within Nashville.

“It’s about building that enthusiasm,” said Holly Sullivan, Head of Worldwide Economic Development at Amazon. “Anybody can be an engineer any person can take that career pathway, but it’s also about providing the skill sets and tools to make sure all kids have access if they want to go into computer science or engineering.”

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