DRIVING FOR VW
Volkswagen’s decision last week to build a $1 billion car assembly plant at Enterprise South capped a seven-month campaign by economic recruiters in Tennessee.
Stefan Jacoby is named president of Volkswagen of America.
Volkswagen invites states to submit site proposals for a car plant.
Tennessee’s chief economic recruiter, Matt Kisber, pitches Tennessee sites to VW in Germany.
Trevor Hamilton of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce meets with Mr. Jacoby in Detroit.
April 23, 2008
Volkswagen narrows site choices from 25 states to three — Michigan, Alabama and Tennessee.
May 15, 2008
118 top business and political leaders meet VW representatives at Bob Corker’s Riverview home.
May 16, 2008
VW officials meet with officials from UTC SimCenter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and UT and tour the Chattanooga area.
June 10, 2008
Dinner at Sen. Corker’s home among 17 political and Chamber of Commerce leaders with top VW officials.
June 20, 2008
Dinner at Sen. Corker’s home followed the next day by tours of area.
July 2, 2008
Volkswagen officials meet with Tennessee officials to review final offers.
July 15, 2008
Volkswagen board picks Chattanooga for site of $1 billion car plant.