International Organizations

Nashville as a Global Destination

Nashville's population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan and welcoming place to live and work. The Nashville area has become increasingly popular as a destination for tourists and convention visitors from the U.S. and around the world. Each year, some 12 million tourists and 500,000 convention delegates enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville. As many as 10 percent of Nashville-area visitors come from outside the U.S., led by Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia and Japan.


“Having been in Nashville for years, I am proud to see how the area has grown and developed into a globally competitive city.”

Dave Berryman President, Gibson Brands, Inc.

Diversity in the Region

Nashville’s population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan place to live and work.

  • One in eight Nashvillians is foreign-born
  • International migration accounted for 18% of all net migration into the region in 2016
  • Nashville is home to large Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Kurdish and South and Southeast Asian populations
  • Foreign-born population grew by 203% between 1990 and 2000, almost four times as fast as the national average
  • The Nashville region (Smyrna, TN) was the site of Nissan's first automotive assembly facility in North America in the early 1980's
  • Japan is Tennessee's largest foreign investor nation
  • The Consulate General of Japan in Nashville is a full service consular office established to support the area's Japanese population
  • The largest Kurdish community in the world outside the Middle East lives in Nashville
  • Area colleges are home to more than 6,500 international students and scholars
  • British Airways will begin non-stop service to London in May 2018
  • Nashville currently has active Sister City relationships in eight countries involving business, cultural and educational exchanges. These cities include Belfast, Northern Ireland; Caen, France; Edmonton, Canada; Kamakura, Japan; Magdeburg, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Taiyuan, China; and Tamworth, Australia.

Nashville and Middle Tennessee have a wide variety of international business, cultural and social organizations. See list of organizations below:

International Organization Organization Type Website
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business http://nahcc.weebly.com/
Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce Business http://www.nashvilleblackchamber.org/
National Association of Asian American Professionals Nashville (NAAAP Nashville) Business http://www.naaapnashville.org/
Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce Business http://www.tccc.us/
Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group Business http://www.timbg.org/
Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce Business http://www.tlacc.org/
Tennessee District Export Council Business http://tndec.com/
World Trade Council of Middle Tennessee Business https://www.wtcmt.org/
French American Chamber of Commerce Business http://www.facc-atlanta.com/about-us/tennessee-branch/nashville/
German-American Chamber of Commerce - Tennessee Business http://www.gaccsouth.com/ueber-uns/unsere-region/tennessee/tennessee-chapter/
African Leadership Refugee Ministry Charity http://www.refugee-ministry.com/index.html
Healing Hands International Nashville Charity http://www.hhi.org/
Kurdish Human Rights Watch Charity http://www.khrw.org/
Nashville International Center for Empowerment Charity http://www.empowernashville.org/
Nashville Peace and Justice Center Charity http://www.nashvillepeacejustice.org/
Rotary International Charity https://www.rotary.org/en
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Charity http://www.tnimmigrant.org/
The Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee Charity http://www.centerforrefugees.org/
World Relief Nashville Charity http://worldreliefnashville.org/
African-American Cultural Alliance Cultural http://www.aacanashville.org/
Alliance Francaise Nashville Cultural http://www.afnashville.org/
Bangladesh Association of Nashville Cultural http://www.banashville.com/
Bengali Association of Greater Nashville Cultural http://www.bagnonline.com/index.html
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville Cultural http://www.chineseartsalliance.org/
Conexion Americas Cultural http://www.conexionamericas.org/
Egbe Omo Yoruba of Tennessee Cultural https://www.facebook.com/EgbeOmoYorubaTN
Global Education Center Nashville Cultural http://www.globaleducationcenter.net/
Greater Nashville Chinese Association Cultural http://nashvillechinese.org/default.aspx
Igbo People of Nigeria Association Nashville Cultural http://igboassociationnashville.org/
India Association of Nashville Cultural http://www.iantn.org/
Irish Arts of Middle Tennessee Cultural http://www.irishartstenn.com/
Japan-America Society of Tennessee Cultural http://www.jastn.com/
Kurdish Cultural Institute Cultural http://www.kci-usa.org/
Nashville Chinese Cultural Club Cultural http://chineseculturalclub.org/
Nashville Cricket Association Cultural http://ncacricket.com/
Nashville Kangaroos Cultural http://www.nashvillekangaroos.org/
Nashville Oktoberfest Cultural http://thenashvilleoktoberfest.com/
Scottish Society of Middle Tennessee Cultural http://www.midtnscots.org/
Sister Cities Nashville Cultural http://www.scnashville.org/
Swiss Society of Nashville Cultural http://www.swisssocietyofnashville.org/
Tennessee Tamil Sangam Cultural http://tenntamil.org/
The Tennessee Kurdish Community Council
Cultural https://www.facebook.com/TNKCC
United Peruvian Association of Nashville (UPAN) Cultural http://upan.blogspot.com/
Coalition for Education about Immigration Education http://www.educationaboutimmigration.com/
Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education Education https://www.facebook.com/HOPE.TN
Japanese Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee Education http://www.jsmt.org/
Nashville Chinese School Education http://www.nashvillechineseschool.org/
Tennessee Classical Association Education http://www.vroma.org/~rsellers/tca.html
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Education http://tfli.org/
Ukranian Education Center Nashville Education http://www.ueckyiv.org/index.php
Consular Office of Japan in Nashville Governmental http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp/
United Nations Association of Nashville Governmental http://www.una-nashville.org/
El Crucero De Tennessee Newspaper http://www.elcruceronews.com/#!edicion-digital/cll2
La Campana Newspaper http://www.lacampana.us/lac/
Hispanic Family Foundation Non-Profit http://hispanicfamilyfoundation.com/
Armenian Church of Nashville Religious http://home.comcast.net/~ahahamyan/
Baha'i Faith Center Nashville Religious http://www.nashvillebahai.org/
Buddhist Association of Nashville Religious http://thebuddhisttemple.org/
Catholic Charities of Tennessee Religious http://www.cctenn.org/
InterFACE Ministries Nashville Religious https://www.iface.org/
Islamic Center of Nashville Religious http://www.icntn.org/
Jewish Community Center of Nashville Religious http://www.nashvillejcc.org/
Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Religious http://www.jfsnashville.org/index.php
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Religious http://www.jewishnashville.org/
Nashville Korean United Methodist Church Religious http://www.nkumc.net/
Salahadeen Center of Nashville Religious http://www.scntn.org/
Sri Ganesha Temple and Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee Religious http://www.ganeshatemple.org/

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