The Chattanooga Chamber and local and state economic development leaders are doing a great job preparing for and attracting Volkswagen suppliers to the local area.
Some of the most important economic effects of VW will come from suppliers they bring to Chattanooga. A great way to maximize the positive impact on our community is for these suppliers to utilize the skilled companies and workforce already in the area.
Accomplishing this will take increased awareness from local citizens and the business community about the importance of hiring locally. Hire Here is a new organization advocating for this issue. You can visit HireHere.org to learn more and find out what you can do to help raise awareness.
This could potentially be another great boon to the local Chattanooga economy. But it sounds like it's going to be a while before they make a decision about what facility gets expanded - lets hope it turns out in our favor.
It's great news that Lawson Electric is getting some of the local VW work. It's important even when contracts are awarded to outside firms that they take into consideration the ability of local companies to subcontract for parts of the contract for which they are qualified to do the work. It's good to see the Illinois firm recognized this and had a willingness to include a local company.