Reported By Regina Raccuglia
NASHVILLE, Tenn.At a time middle Tennessee may need it most, hundreds of jobs are coming to Nashville. Wednesday, city leaders made an announcement about one hotel's expansion and what could be next for those who are jobless after the floods.
Video: Jobs Created By Loews Hotel Expansion
"This thing got delayed a few times, but this is the right day for this," said Mayor Karl Dean.
New York-based Loews Hotels is opening a worldwide shared service center in the Fifth Third Bank downtown. The expansion brings 200 professional jobs to Nashville.
"These are white-collar jobs," said Loews CEO Jonathan Tisch. "These are people that will be doing accounting functions, purchasing functions. They'll be making a good salary, and they will be able to raise their families in Nashville."
Tisch said the company will hire middle Tennesseans to fill most of the positions. After 21 years on West End Avenue, company leaders knew Nashville was the perfect fit.
"We know what Nashville is made of. We know that there's a work force. We know that there's a committed leadership in terms of local officials. We know that the potential for us to grow here is very strong," said Tisch.
Twenty-five of the new positions have been posted online, and Lowes executives said they've already received 2,000 applications.
"I've been talking with my colleagues in states like Mississippi that have been through this," said Commissioner Matt Kisber. "What's worked? What's the best thing to do? What are the challenges you've come upon as you've faced this? And we'll work with TEMA on this and our federal colleagues."
Kisber said they will restore local businesses first as they look at potential out-of-town employers.
Loews' new addition should be complete in September.
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