Governor, Commissioner to Meet with Volkswagen, Potential Suppliers, Clean Energy Experts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber today announced they will travel to Germany and Spain June 13-19 to meet with officials from Volkswagen and potential Volkswagen suppliers who may have an interest in developing manufacturing or distribution facilities in Tennessee. The Governor and Commissioner will hold discussions in Berlin and Wolfsburg, Germany, then travel to Barcelona, Spain.
“Since Volkswagen’s announcement in 2008, we’ve focused our job creation efforts on maximizing the jobs created by that $1 billion investment,” said Governor Bredesen. “We’re working to expand the ripple effect of that ‘anchor project’ across Tennessee’s economy.”
In addition to the focus on Volkswagen and its suppliers, the Governor and Commissioner will also be meeting with trade and business development officials in Spain, especially those focusing on the clean energy economy. The trip comes after Spanish Consul General Miguel Angel Fernandez de Mazarambroz met with Commissioner Kisber to discuss potential trade openings between Tennessee and Spain in April. While visiting Spain, Governor Bredesen will hold high level talks with senior government officials from the Spanish state of Catalonia and from the Spanish Energy Ministry.
“Tennessee has developed a strong reputation in the development of solar and other renewable technologies,” said Commissioner Kisber. “The Pew Center for the States has called Tennessee ‘one of the three fastest growing states in the U.S.’ for clean energy jobs and we want Spanish companies to know that if they plan to enter the growing American clean energy market, Tennessee is the best place to locate.”
Germany is Tennessee’s 6th largest trading partner, having purchased more than $620 million in goods and services from Tennessee companies in 2009. Spain is Tennessee’s 18th largest trading partner, purchasing more than $200 million in Tennessee goods and services.
Accompanying the Governor and Commissioner Kisber will be Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr and Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz. In the early part of the last decade, Spain established tax and governmental policies which generated explosive growth in the Spanish solar industry, followed by retrenchment as government subsidies shrank. The Tennessee delegation hopes to learn from Spain’s experience in solar development.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tnecd.gov or www.investtennessee.org.