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Posted November 03 , 2021

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heads up, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. – Nashville has you in its sights. The six cities are targeted in an aggressive marketing campaign launched this month to recruit tech talent to Music City, which is rapidly evolving into a preferred destination for tech companies and workers. This is thanks to a strong local tech ecosystem and industry giants such as Amazon, Facebook, NTT Data and Oracle choosing to locate major operations here.

The six-city blitz, called TechIntoNashville, is the work of the Greater Nashville Technology Council, the leading voice and advocate for Middle Tennessee’s $8 billion information technology ecosystem. The campaign’s goal is to double Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s tech workforce by 2025.

“The tech sector in Nashville has been building steadily for many years, but not everyone outside of this area was aware of that,” said technology council CEO Brian Moyer. “That all changed in 2018 when Amazon announced it had chosen Nashville over 19 other cities for its new 5,000-job Center of Excellence. That put a national spotlight on our city as an up-and-coming tech center – a position that was solidified last year when Facebook broke ground on an $800-million data center just outside of Nashville and this year when Oracle announced it will open a major Nashville hub that will employ 8,500 people.”

This infusion of big tech is on top of strong organic growth. The steady stream of tech companies that have expanded or relocated to Nashville include Eventbrite, Lyft, Houzz, Postmates, Wonolo, Pilot.com, GreenLight Medical, GoCheck Kids, Experience.com, Celero, Thnks, GraphiteRx, Darvis, Zerv, Yoshi, HST Pathways, NTT Data, Phosphorus Cybersecurity, Conquest Cyber and more. Nashville is also home to a vibrant tech startup ecosystem that is experiencing incredible growth, including the emergence of two unicorns in the past six months – Silicon Ranch and Built Technologies.

“We are positioned to attract a world-class tech force,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper. “Coders and engineers can go anywhere they want, sure. But they’re not going to find a more vibrant, creative city than Nashville, and that’s only becoming more true.”

This year, Nashville was ranked #1 for tech job growth over the past five years by national commercial real estate firm CBRE. In 2020, MoneyGeek ranked Nashville the #1 city for job seekers and The Wall Street Journal ranked Nashville the #2 hottest job market in the country. Policom ranked it the #1 metro for economic strength in 2020 and Stessa rated the city #1 for economic growth in 2021.

 

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