Power Breakfast: No Georgia workers or suppliers at VW Chattanooga, snow day pay, home prices, Arby’s, Google

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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Bright Idea

January 21st, 2011
7:20 am

If Tennessee wants to play hardball let’s go ahead and move the state line up to where it should be and take our water back.
Can’t say that I blame them though, they ponied up those tax breaks. Just wish we would have thought about it for the Kia deal.

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TnGelding

January 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

To the victor go the spoils. Looks like the governor’s office might have offended VW. I like the fact that the long commutes have been eliminated. Eventually some business has to drift southward.

stockguy

January 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm