When Volkswagen chose a site outside Chattanooga, within 10 miles of the state line, Georgia officials were ecstatic, AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes.
They anticipated hundreds of jobs for North Georgians. And they expected auto-parts suppliers to set up shop as far south as Cherokee County.
But while roughly 1,300 workers have been hired to manufacture a new Passat, not one lives in Georgia, Chapman reports. In addition, not a single, new VW parts supplier has opened here.
Doubt builds that Georgia will ever benefit from the Chattanooga car plant, Chapman writes. So too does frustration and anger, fueled by north Georgia’s double-digit jobless rate.
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- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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