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Volkswagen's chief on Tuesday pegged a speed-up in U.S. sales to a new sport utility vehicle that may be assembled in Chattanooga, calling the SUV a key part of the carmaker's foundation for growth.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Monday that a decision on where Volkswagen will build a new sport utility vehicle is due “in the very near future.”

The Volkswagen brand set a new global sales record for the first four months of the year, selling almost 2 million vehicles despite a downturn in the United States, the company reported today.

If Volkswagen green-lights production of a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga, it will be viewed as one of Tennessee's biggest economic development wins of the year.

Experts from Internet giant Google will be in Chattanooga on May 19 to help small businesses with their presence on the worldwide web, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

A $50,000 bid could get you a barge on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, though you'd have to move it.

Paying small businesses to add new employees is one way to help those companies grow and potentially expand to medium- or large-sized firms, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said Thursday.

Wacker is upping its investment in its Bradley County, Tenn., plant again, saying it could put as much as $200 million more into its polysilicon factory and push the project to $2.4 billion.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today unveiled a new incentive for expanding small businesses which he said can bolster job growth in the city.

CBL & Associates Properties Inc. has closed on the sale of Lakeshore Mall in Sebring, Fla., to a private buyer for $14 million.

Does the 16-county Chattanooga area need a regional branding or marketing plan so it can better carry out economic development?

A one-time movie theater in Chattanooga's oldest shopping mall will soon house dozens of businesses offering a range of beauty services to create a new you.

The Chattanooga area’s growing hotel market will see yet more lodging space as Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., is planning a new four-story, 124-room structure off Lee Highway not far from the Volkswagen plant.

Animal rights group PETA on Monday criticized CBL & Associates Properties Inc. for allowing the sale of sugar gliders in its shopping centers, saying it remains the only major mall operator to do so nationally.

United Auto Workers opponents and the union continue to spar weeks after the worker vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, even as the state and VW talk about restarting meetings over a possible factory expansion.

Animal rights group PETA said Friday it plans to confront shareholders of CBL & Associates Properties Inc. over the company’s permitting the sale of exotic animals in its malls.

An anti-United Auto Workers website is charging that the union continues to try to organize Chattanooga Volkswagen plant workers and is violating a neutrality agreement with the company.

Animal rights group PETA said today it plans to confront shareholders of CBL & Associates Properties Inc. over the company’s permitting the sale of exotic animals in its malls.

Wanda Threat of Chattanooga says she’s a longtime J.C. Penney shopper, and her children are as well.

Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey appears to be giving up on a dream to put an eatery on a riverfront barge.

Volkswagen of America today reported that April sales fell 8.4 percent over a year ago despite strong results for its diesel-powered vehicles.

A company supporting the nuclear power industry is shifting into a new $4.85 million facility in Chattanooga and doubling its full-time work force in the city with the addition of 50 jobs, officials said Tuesday.

Volkswagen Group’s first-quarter operating profit surged 22 percent, boosted by higher sales at the luxury Porsche and Audi brands, to $3.97 billion, the company reported today.

Despite higher store closings and bankruptcies coupled with the harsh winter, CBL & Associates Properties Inc. posted flat first-quarter earnings Monday and met analyst expectations.

Chattanooga Airport officials today will mark completion of the biggest renovation of the passenger terminal in two decades, and they're now looking at adding more parking and covered walkways outside the facility.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called Friday for a legislative investigation into the Haslam administration's withdrawal of its $300 million offer to Volkswagen to help pay for the expansion of its Chattanooga plant.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander called on Volkswagen on Thursday to build its new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga and "put all the fuss about the United Auto Workers election behind us."

Hibbett Sporting Goods continues to make a bigger play for the Chattanooga market as it plans to open a new store this weekend in Brainerd and another on Signal Mountain Road within the next couple of months.

Despite facing a Republican primary challenger, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was endorsed for re-election by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today in Chattanooga as it cited his work to spur economic growth and new jobs.

For its customers, Southern Champion Tray officials say the Chattanooga company tries to be "easy to love and hard to leave."

After two years of union organizing at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, a hard-fought worker vote and a bruising appeal cut short on Monday, the automaker was urged to refocus on assembling and selling cars.

Assembly of a new vehicle at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is now more likely after the United Auto Workers backed off Monday on its appeal of the factory's union vote, an expert says.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that the United Auto Workers’ withdrawl of its appeal to February’s union vote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant opens the way to re-engage with the company to attract a potential expansion.

The United Auto Workers today withdrew its objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board regarding February’s vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively ending the union’s appeal.

A plant’s future. A union’s survival. A company’s goal to be No. 1. A city’s place in the automotive world.

Two former Chattanooga Volkswagen plant employees said Friday that working with a union could benefit current workers by bettering health and safety conditions at the factory.

Tennessee's attorney general on Thursday sought to revoke subpoenas for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials who were served earlier by the United Auto Workers for the union's appeal hearing next week.

Bill Kilbride came from New York to Chattanooga 23 years ago at the request of college friend John "Thunder" Thornton.

Tennessee’s attorney general today sought to revoke subpoenas for Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials which were served earlier by the United Auto Workers for the union’s appeal hearing next week.

A longtime Mohawk Industries executive has been tapped as the new head of Chattanooga’s chief economic development group.

The post-election fight over the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant's union vote hit high gear Wednesday, as anti-United Auto Workers activists challenged subpoenas ahead of a federal hearing while Democratic congressmen sought an investigation.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today joined others in challenging United Auto Workers subpoenas for a planned hearing next week over the union’s appeal of a February employee vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

More people plan to fight subpoenas served by the United Auto Workers for a hearing next week over the union’s appeal for a revote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't plan to be in Chattanooga on Monday for a scheduled National Labor Relations Board hearing to which he and 23 others were subpoenaed by the United Auto Workers.

More than 40 Hamilton County businesses are aiming to bid for work on the huge Uranium Processing Facility going up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., as officials said Tuesday they're trying to better link the two areas economically.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't plan to be in Chattanooga on Monday for a National Labor Relations Board hearing to which he and 23 others were subpoenaed.

Planners gave a green light Monday to the first phase of $100 million in proposed housing and commercial space on Chattanooga's downtown waterfront, including townhouses, single-family cottages, apartments and condominiums.

Hamilton County planners today approved going ahead with $100 million in proposed new housing and commercial space on Chattanooga's waterfront downtown.

Former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey recalls flying into Arizona four years ago as part of a job recruiting trip to check out three Amazon distribution facilities in the Phoenix area.

CBL & Associates Properties Inc. plans to sell 21 of its shopping malls, about a quarter of its nationwide holdings, in an effort to upgrade its remaining properties and boost the Chattanooga company's income.

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