Companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence in Tennessee. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies and engaged citizenry.
That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South's first automotive research and development center in Chattanooga was possible. I could not be more excited about Volkswagen's deepened commitment to our state and for the thousands of Tennesseans who will benefit from the high-quality jobs that will be added.
I will never forget the moment in 2008 when I got the call from Volkswagen officials with news that the company would come to Chattanooga. That call was the culmination of a decades-long vision our community developed with the goal of attracting a major, international manufacturing company to our city.