Look Back: Amazon announces 5,000 new jobs coming to Nashville

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As we prepare to ring in the new year, News 2 is looking back at some of the big stories of 2018. 

Among them, tech giant Amazon’s decision to bring a hub to Nashville. 

It was a cold November morning that brought a blast of big jobs to Music City.

“This is the largest jobs announcement in the history of the state of Tennessee,” said Governor Bill Haslam. 

Amazon executives announced a new logistics hub was coming to Nashville.  

“What a great day this is,” said Amazon executive Holly Sullivan. “I am so excited to be home announcing 5,000 jobs in Nashville, Tennessee.” 

“The 5,000 jobs, at $150,000 a job- the $15 million is a deal for Nashville, I’ll be honest with you, as a former mayor, any mayor in the country would say, done,” said Gov. Haslam. 

MORE: How Nashville pitched and won the Amazon hub and 5,000 jobs

The future home of the hub is still under construction at the Nashville Yards. 

But landing the new operations center is a process that began more than a year ago in the fall of 2017. 

Themed “City on Fire,” city leaders made their case in a pitch for why Nashville should become home to Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Even though things didn’t pan out for HQ2, the hub did. 

“We think that’s just a great location for our employees and also a great location to further the resilience and vibrancy and overall coolness of Nashville, Tennessee,” said Sullivan. 

“Five-thousand is significant and doesn’t underestimate the value of Amazon’s intent to invest in this community, that’s big too,” said Ralph Schulz, CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

A big draw for Amazon’s decision – taxes. 

In exchange for its $230 million investment, Amazon would get $102 million dollars in city and state incentives. 

But some said the city isn’t ready to handle the influx of people

“We’re already short in so many areas in this city, so can we take another 5,000 people?” said Metro Nashville Councilman Steve Glover. “I don’t know the answer.”

Nor the impact on traffic.  

News 2 asked Nashville Mayor David Briley back in November how the city is preparing for the influx of cars. 

“A big part is managing all the existing traffic with technology so we can move people in and out without having to spend the bigger money associated with light rail,” said Mayor Briley. 

As the hub slowly rises to its two planned towers, area universities like Tennessee State University said they’re poised to provide strong candidates to fill the new Amazon positions opening next spring. 

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