Press Release from Zach Wamp for Governor; May 27, 2010:
WASHINGTON – Zach Wamp, Republican candidate for Governor, was joined today by Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, to talk about Volkswagen’s new auto assembly plant in Chattanooga and Wamp’s plans to launch a new “production agenda” as Tennessee’s next governor to move the state from third to first in automotive manufacturing.
Wamp and Jacoby were the featured speakers at this morning’s closing session of the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit in Washington, D.C.
Jacoby outlined Volkswagen’s $1 billion investment in its new manufacturing plant in Tennessee that is expected to create more than 11,000 new jobs in the state. Jacoby said the plant would open soon with new mid-size sedans rolling off the Chattanooga assembly line early next year.
Wamp saluted Volkswagen and many other manufacturers that have recently invested in communities large and small throughout his East Tennessee congressional district, including Wacker Chemie, Alstom and Confluence Solar.
“As governor, I will create a strong new production agenda for Tennessee with a major focus on automotive manufacturing and related industries to create thousands of new jobs,” Wamp said. “Because for every job we can create in Tennessee to make it, build it or grow it, we can then create seven or eight more service, support and small business jobs. A strong new production agenda is priority one to help more Tennessee families and communities in every county in our state.”
During the Tennessee Valley Corridor event, Wamp was joined by hundreds of business, education and economic leaders from across the Tennessee Valley, as well as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and U.S. Reps. John Duncan, Lincoln Davis, Bart Gordon, Heath Shuler and Phil Roe for discussions on energy innovation, advanced transportation, education and workforce development and national security during the nonprofit organization’s 23rd summit meeting since Wamp formed the Corridor in 1995.
Wamp’s 20/20 Vision For an Even Better Tennessee includes plans for job creation in the critical areas of manufacturing, defense, information technology, health care services, agri-business, engineering, transportation and the rapidly expanding bio-fuel and energy sectors.
As governor, Wamp intends to leverage the state’s existing strengths and its growing base of automobile manufacturing and related industries to aid the development and recruitment of more high-tech jobs and create powerful new economic engines in every region of the state.
For more information about Zach Wamp and his campaign for governor, including his 20/20 Vision For an Even Better Tennessee, please visit the campaign online at www.ZachWamp.com.