Lets look at this with open minds folks.
VW hired people. those are jobs. Those are people putting money back into our economy. They said they would try and hire from the local population for the production jobs, and they are trying. But not everyone is qualified or trainable - right? I mean VW didn't promise to hire every applicant. They are looking for the best we have, and the best we have may not always have applied.
Now about the semantics around 'local' - well DUH, if they WERE from out of town and moved here to work here, then they either purchased or rented homes to LIVE here. So they have committed themselves and their families to live here and pay into our system. Don't fault them for wanting a better life for their family - they did, after all move here, and are spending money here. Hell, Chattanooga didn't benefit nearly as much as Ooltewah now did it. Most people seem to be buying homes in Ooltewah.
How do the inner city Chattanoogans get work there when they don't have cars to drive there, and the city chose NOT to provide bus service to there?
Wether we like it or not, not all of us can be hired there, and VW has sunk their own money into the project and deserves to hire who they want. I just hope they don't hire too many from Michigan, who are rabble rousing UAW trouble makers...
Now as far as Georgia whining that VW hasn't hired enough North Georgians, nor have Tier One suppliers located facilities in North Georgia -- uh? how is that VW's fault? why should VW have to defend itself when Georgia apparently didn't even try and attract VW? Why is Georgia whining now instead of providing incentives for the suppliers to locate there? Dalton has plenty of unoccupied facilities and workers -- yet I hear nothing of Georgia trying to attract work by incentives?
VW (and all of the other companies that have chosen to locate here) is GOOD for the community in the long run. That land sat vacant for years and years. So what, there were incentives. Money will come back to us. We will get a road to highway 58, we have a new cut-through from exit 9 to Bonny Oaks and Hickory Valley, we will have a new exit for Little Debbies. We have how many new businesses opening in the long vacant 'enterprise' south?
Quit whining and look at the future - our city and county is and will be viable and attractive to future business, and will keep jobs here so our kids have futures.