1. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Bill Haslam, (R) Tennessee:
"This is the largest jobs announcement in the history of the state of Tennessee." (applause)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Bill Haslam, (R) Tennessee:
"It will mean 5,000 jobs and 5,000 jobs that will average - I think I'm safe to say - $150,000 in salary. Said it now so they can't take it back. (laughter) So these are great paying jobs and they've already announced they're going to go over to the new National Yards Project with, I think what's going to be a million square feet. So this is a huge deal for the state of Tennessee and for our partners at the city of Nashville."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Bill Haslam, (R) Tennessee:
"You hear a lot about Amazon and say, well, gosh, in this whole process, they were going to be, you know, the 8,000 pound gorilla that was going to tell people here's how it's going to be and not listen to the people they were working with and there is nothing further from the truth. From the very beginning, from the very time this project was announced in September 2017, they asked us to turn in bids til October 2017. But from the very beginning, they have realized that wherever they went, they were going to be a part of that community and they, I think took that into consideration as they thought through this whole process."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor David Briley, (D) Nashville:
"5,000 jobs, $150,000 each on average, and that is really going to be transformative to this community."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy:
"Nashville is a place that has great talent, great educational skillsets, huge higher education opportunities - Vanderbilt, MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University), Tennessee Tech, of course, my Volunteers at the University of Tennessee - and we think it's a great location for us to grow this new center of excellence. Again, 5,000 jobs. We will start hiring in 2019 and just really look forward to partnering with the City of Nashville and the state of Tennessee and joining the rest of our Amazon family throughout Tennessee. We have thousands of jobs already in the state and this will be a great addition of 5,000, so thank you for your partnership. There's a lot more great news to come."
Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday described plans for a Tennessee operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs as "the largest jobs announcement in the history of the state of Tennessee."
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 made the Nashville announcement the same day it revealed it would split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia.
"It will mean 5,000 jobs and 5,000 jobs that will average - I think I'm safe to say - $150,000 in salary," Haslam said. "This is a huge deal for the state of Tennessee and for our partners at the city of Nashville."
Amazon's new 1 million square-foot Nashville office space will host tech and management functions, including customer fulfillment, customer service, transportation, and supply chain.
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