Nashville International Business

Increasing foreign direct investment and exports keeps the Nashville region on the leading edge of international business. Pro-business policy, cost advantages and location make Nashville a frontrunner in global trade.

Since 2001, 155 internationally owned companies have relocated or expanded in the Middle Tennessee region, creating more than 14,400 new jobs. With international businesses and headquarters spanning all business sectors, including health care, advanced manufacturing, supply chain, music and entertainment, it is easy to see the diversity present in every aspect of Music City. No city of similar size offers so great a setting and potential for international trade and investment.


Nashville and Global Business

  • 277 foreign-owned company locations
  • Foreign-owned companies employ more than 49,000 people in the Nashville area
  • Tennessee is the 14th-ranked state for exports (2013)
  • Tennessee exports totaled $8.7 billion (2013)
  • The Nashville MSA is ranked fifth in the nation for export growth (2013)
"With its high quality of life, central location and welcoming culture, Nashville is an exceptional place for global companies to locate and grow their businesses."

Eduardo Minardi
COO, Bridgestone Americas Inc.
CEO, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations