Mike Pare


phone: 423-757-6318




Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years.
In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
In the past he also has covered higher education.
Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before coming to Chattanooga.
Contact Mike at 423-757-6318 or mpare@timesfreepress.com

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Amid little discussion, Hamilton County commissioners today approved incentives for Volkswagen’s proposed expansion that will be used to help the company assemble a new sport utility vehicle.

A new letter to Volkswagen employees from the United Auto Workers says its officials are confident VW will recognize the union if it gains "a meaningful portion" of the workforce as members of its Chattanooga local.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant lapped its Mexican competition to land a new sport utility vehicle, but the company's operations south of the border are what officials here dream about for the Tennessee factory.

A 300-acre tract of land next to Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will play a key role as the company prepares to launch the German automaker's first research and development facility of its kind on American soil.

Powering up its presence in downtown Chattanooga, Volkswagen plans to work with the city and Hamilton County to erect a $12 million welcome center.

Volkswagen is planning to team with Chattanooga and Hamilton County to put a $12 million welcome center in downtown.

A deal to grow Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant by 1,350 more jobs became richer as talks progressed between the state and the automaker, which made it clear that it’s eyeing much more U.S. sales than it has garnered to date.

Volkswagen Group of America chief Michael Horn on Tuesday said that the new sport utility vehicle the company will produce at its Chattanooga plant is “a stunner.”

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said today that “the eyes of the world” are on the city with Volkswagen’s plans to more than double its workforce to about 4,400 jobs at its plant here and invest $600 million.

Six years to the day that Volkswagen first motored into Chattanooga, the automaker today will start a second U.S. offensive as it powers up to make a new vehicle, creating 2,000 more jobs and investing an added $600 million at its plant here.

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