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International Business

The Nashville region is one of America’s most dynamic centers for business growth, offering a welcoming place for international companies to expand and grow their operations. A diverse mix of global brands make the region their U.S. base for manufacturing, corporate operations, sales, distribution, R&D, and more. No city of similar size offers an environment with as much potential for international trade and investment.

Foreign Direct Investment

Pro-business policy, cost advantages, location, and quality of life make the Nashville region a frontrunner for global trade and investment. To keep our leading edge, we work to increase foreign direct investment, expand trade opportunities, and cultivate our rich talent pool.

Global Business Snapshot

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a key driver of the Nashville region’s growth.


of announced new jobs are attributed to foreign investors


foreign-owned companies represent 26 countries


people are employed by foreign-owned companies

As Tennessee experiences strong growth in exports, opportunities for trade expand. 

Nashville was the 43rd largest Metropolitan exporter (2022)

Total Tennessee goods exported around the world in 2022: $38.2 Billion

International Business Council

Trade & Exports

International Organizations

Learn more from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development