Councilman questions whether Amazon deal is good for Nashville

Nashville 2019

A Metro councilman is questioning whether the Amazon deal is good for Nashville.  

On Tuesday, Amazon announced its plan to bring 5,000 new jobs to The Gulch.  

In exchange, the state and city offered $102 million in incentives, which includes paying $500 per year for every job created. That amount could add up to as much as $15 million.  

The deal still has to be approved by Metro Council. Nashville Mayor David Briley has pitched the deal as good for the city.  

“I don’t want to blow the deal,” Councilman Steve Glover said. “If it’s a good deal, I’m fine, but it has to be an equitable deal for everybody in Nashville. We can’t do it for one huge corporation and leave everyone else on the sidelines.”  

Glover told News 2 he found out about the Amazon arrangement on the news and has concerns about so much development being focused on downtown.  

“We’re already short on our police. We’re already short on our fire. We’re already short on our teachers. We are already short in so many areas in this city, so can we take another 5,000 people? I don’t know the answer,” he said.  

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Amazon says the average salary for the new jobs will be $150,000 a year.  

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