Last night at the historic Ryman Auditorium, Amazon held a kickoff event for their recently announced “Operations Center of Excellence” that will be opening in downtown Nashville in 2021. The company plans to hire 1,000 people to work in temporary offices by the end of this year, and the finished office hub will ultimately bring 5,000 Amazon jobs to Nashville.
The average salary for these jobs? Over $150,000.
The night included plenty of fanfare (the Tennessee State University marching band kicked off the evening with a raucous performance) and lots of cleverly packaged artisanal meat products (Tennessee hot bacon was served in tiny cardboard delivery boxes), as well as networking time with 75 members of Amazon’s recruiting team and on-stage interviews with VPs from across the company.