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Amazon Investing in Communities Throughout Tennessee

Amazon’s investments enhance infrastructure, contribute to the state economy and support local businesses.

By Livability on July 26, 2022

Amazon Nashville
Courtesy of Amazon Impact

When Amazon made its first foray into Tennessee a dozen years ago, it would have been practically impossible to imagine how that relationship would take root and grow. 

Today, the company’s deep commitment to the state is evident from Alcoa to Memphis. Amazon’s strong presence includes fulfillment centers, delivery stations, brick-and-mortar locations of Whole Foods Markets, a Prime Now hub, Prime Air Hub and the state-of-the-art Amazon Nashville corporate complex. 

Amazon Nashville

Announced in November 2018, the excitement of Amazon Nashville is rapidly becoming a reality. The first of two towers anchoring downtown’s Nashville Yards complex is complete and welcoming team members into thoughtfully curated spaces ideal for sparking creativity and innovation. 

When the second tower opens in 2023, Amazon Nashville will feature more than 1 million square feet of office space, collaborative work areas, cafes and coffee lounges, a landscaped rooftop patio with city views and outdoor patio with a dedicated dog park. 

“We’ve created more than 2,500 jobs at Amazon Nashville — halfway toward our commitment to bring 5,000 corporate and tech jobs to the city — and are proud to call this city home,” says Holly Sullivan, vice president of economic development at Amazon. “Nashville’s creative spirit continues to serve as a source of inspiration for these employees as we invent and innovate on behalf of customers worldwide.” 

Statewide Operations

In 2021, Amazon opened five new facilities across the state in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, and announced new facilities in Alcoa and Clarksville. 

When these locations come online, Amazon will have 13 fulfillment and sortation centers in the state. Warehouse operations and distribution centers add to the growing number of Tennessee communities Amazon calls home. 

Amazon’s investments enhance infrastructure, contribute to the state economy and support local businesses. Adding good-paying jobs to the community allows local restaurants, shops and small businesses to flourish alongside Amazon. 

“We’ve created more than 31,000 full- and part-time jobs in Tennessee — jobs with good pay and great benefits — that provide opportunities for our employees and help propel the state’s economic engine. Investing in Tennessee continues to be the right choice for Amazon to maintain our promise to deliver for our customers,” Sullivan notes. 

A True Community Partner 

Channeling the spirit of The Volunteer State aligns with Amazon’s values of creating a more sustainable, equitable future. 

In 2021, Amazon invested $3.8 million in local organizations supporting the arts, equity and social justice, job training and workforce development, healthier communities, and education and literacy. And, in the wake of natural disasters across Tennessee, Amazon quickly stepped in with emergency relief supplies and volunteer support. 

Amazon is also investing in tomorrow. Through the Amazon Future Engineer program, over 100 Nashville schools are being supported by partnerships providing robotics and computer science programs for schoolchildren and professional development opportunities for teachers. 

Through the Amazon Housing Equity Fund, the company has committed more than $83 million, with more to come, to support inclusive affordable housing in Nashville. And Amazon also played a pivotal role in establishing an endowed professorship at the University of Tennessee to support business analytics and data science efforts. 

“Our presence in Tennessee goes well beyond investments in infrastructure and the creation of good jobs,” says Courtney Ross, senior community engagement manager for Tennessee at Amazon. “We understand that success and scale bring broad responsibility. We will continue to act as good neighbors and support local organizations and projects that improve the lives of Tennesseans.” 

The lobby of Amazon Nashville’s offices, which started welcoming employees in 2021. Opposite page: Amazon employees celebrate the opening of the Mt. Juliet fulfillment center. 

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