Gov: Amazon ‘largest jobs commitment’ in Tennessee history

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office says Amazon's plans for a Tennessee operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs represent "the single largest jobs commitment made by a company in Tennessee's history."

A Haslam news release Tuesday says Amazon will invest $230 million-plus to locate its Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville Yards, a 15-acre (6-hectare), mixed-use downtown development. Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy says Nashville will become the eastern U.S. hub for its retail operations division.

Amazon's new 1 million square-foot Nashville office space will host tech and management functions.

Amazon says it will receive up to $102 million in performance-based incentives based on the creation of 5,000 jobs with an average wage exceeding $150,000 in Nashville.

The state says Amazon currently has six Tennessee facilities employing more than 6,500 people.