Amazon’s HQ2 search is finally over.
On the off chance that you have been on vacation and without internet access for the past week, Amazon chose neighborhoods in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas for “dual” HQ2s (which I’ve started referring to as HQ2a and HQ2b). However, one Heartland city didn‘t walk away empty-handed. Amazon said it would add an operations center in Nashville, where it expects to employ 5,000 people with an average annual wage of $150,0000.
So will Amazon’s Nashville operations center be a throwaway consolation prize or a substantial investment? I think 5,000 jobs is a significant investment for Nashville — The Tennessean says it’s the largest single jobs announcement in Tennessee history. And the ratio of new jobs to current residents looks good compared to what New York and D.C. snagged. The Nashville metro area population is a sixth the size of D.C. and a twentieth the size of New York City, yet it will get a fifth of the jobs. It’s also good news that the Nashville jobs are projected to have the same average annual wage as the jobs that New York City and D.C. are expected to get.
What is worrisome is that, when you break down the incentive package, Nashville is only paying roughly $2,000 less per job than D.C., for a fifth of the roles.
Still, I think that the Amazon news combined with other expansion announcements — Crunchbase reported earlier this year that Nashville is one of the most popular cities for unicorn startups to set up secondary offices in — will prove important in making the city a more popular destination for tech workers.
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