In November 2018, we announced that Amazon would invest in a new office in Nashville, bringing more than 5,000 corporate and technology jobs to the community to support our operations business. We're excited to share that we've crossed the 1,000 employee milestone at our Music City campus—and we’re continuing to hire, with open roles available across software development, engineering, finance, legal, and human resources.
We’ve been able to hire locally as well as attract new talent to the city. Connor Hull and Sivanvita Srimath are among the first 1,000 Amazon employees in the city. Hull, a Nashville native on the human resources team, is a software development engineer who is building new tools that allow us to recruit and hire at scale here in the region. Srimath is new to the Nashville area and supports mapping visualization for Amazon Delivery. The mapping technology she is developing ensures that our drivers and delivery partners can deliver customer orders safely and quickly.
"We’re thrilled to share that our hiring efforts are ahead of schedule in Nashville," said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. "We've been impressed by the resilience and creativity of this city and its people. As we continue to hire from the strong and diverse talent pool in Nashville and attract more tech talent to the area, our teams here are already inventing new ways we can use technology to help keep our employees safe and continue serving our customers during this pandemic. We look forward to moving into our new downtown office and contributing to the growth of the emerging tech community in Nashville."
"Ever since Amazon announced that Nashville would be the home of their operations hub, we’ve seen first-hand the positive ripple effects this has had for the local economy," said Freddie O’Connell, Nashville City councilman. "From the 1,000 new employees Amazon announced today, to increased employment opportunities in construction, food services and retail, and interest in Nashville from other tech companies as we foster local talent and grow our community of tech workers, the positive impact from Amazon can be felt now and will continue for years to come."
"We’re proud to be working closely with Amazon to bring exciting opportunities to the Nashville community,” said John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville. "Since the groundbreaking of Amazon Nashville, shipping facilities and fulfillment centers, we’ve seen Amazon’s investments in Nashville result in real job creation that is directly benefiting the area’s citizens—at all levels of experience and employment. We look forward to continuing this partnership to the benefit of the wider community."
As we continue to get to know our Nashville neighbors, we've engaged in dozens of community activities, offering jobs to local professionals and graduates, helping train the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, and supporting those in need.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we are expanding the Amazon Future Engineer program in Nashville. Since September 2019, Amazon Future Engineer has been funding computer science courses and robotics for 24 Metro Nashville schools focused on students from underserved and underrepresented communities. Amazon provided 21 schools with robotics programming and three high schools with introductory and AP computer science courses. Now, we are going a step further and adding all 72 elementary schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools to Amazon Future Engineer. We will be funding computer science curriculum and teacher professional development for these elementary schools, supporting more than 32,000 elementary-aged students.
In partnership with the nonprofit BootUp, Amazon will bring computer science to each school starting this September. The curriculum will be offered virtually as school is starting from home for all Metro Nashville Public Schools students. We believe that supporting elementary school students is a critical piece of Amazon Future Engineer's "childhood to career" approach because it helps bridge the equity skill gaps at an age when students are just beginning to formulate ideas about their futures.
"Starting the year in a virtual environment brings a sharp focus to the need for all of our students to be technologically proficient and educated in computer science," said Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. "We are grateful for the strong partnership of Amazon and BootUp to provide the learning tools and resources necessary to give all of our elementary students the opportunity to further develop this vital skillset."
"Creating jobs and hiring from the strong, existing talent pool in Nashville is only meeting half of our goal," said Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development. "As we grow in Nashville, we want to be a good neighbor and help build a stronger community. Part of that work is ensuring that more students have the computer science skills to fill the jobs of the future. Supporting these curious students—starting in elementary school, especially in this virtual world—is an important step to make this happen."
Our commitment to the local Nashville community goes beyond our support for computer science education. We participated in the Greater Nashville Tech Council's virtual job fair in support of displaced Middle Tennessee workers due to the March 2020 tornadoes and COVID-19. We also donated more than 600,000 immediate relief items—including water, diapers, toiletries, and clothing—to local organizations to help deliver disaster relief and to support families affected by these natural disasters.
Amazon also partners with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, providing cash donations and offering our delivery services to help get more than 100,000 pounds of food and serve over 90,000 meals to vulnerable groups. Through this collaboration, we are leveraging our robust network of Amazon Flex drivers and other delivery partners to make contactless deliveries of shelf-stable groceries directly to the doorsteps of more vulnerable Nashville residents who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 12,000 jobs in Tennessee and invested more than $8.9 billion across the state, including infrastructure (from fulfillment centers, to delivery stations, to Whole Foods Markets) and compensation. These investments have contributed an additional $8.7 billion to the Tennessee economy and have helped create 12,700 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires—from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services. In addition, more than 28,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Tennessee are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.