Chattanooga prepares for presidential visit

Chattanooga prepares for presidential visit

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The Amazon distribution center opened around two years ago and employs nearly 2,000 full-time people. The Amazon distribution center opened around two years ago and employs nearly 2,000 full-time people.
"I think it's wonderful that he's coming to Chattanooga," said Chattanooga resident Virginia Housely. "I think it's wonderful that he's coming to Chattanooga," said Chattanooga resident Virginia Housely.
"I think the reason that folks are interested in what's going on in Chattanooga is that we have been able to swim against the current," said J. Ed Marston, with the Chattanooga Area Chamber. "I think the reason that folks are interested in what's going on in Chattanooga is that we have been able to swim against the current," said J. Ed Marston, with the Chattanooga Area Chamber.
"Anything that would inspire more growth would be great," Anna Geesling-Skalka said. "Anything that would inspire more growth would be great," Anna Geesling-Skalka said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) - President Barrack Obama is coming to Chattanooga Tuesday to make a stop at an Amazon distribution facility.

The president is expected to discuss his plans to create more jobs for the middle class.

The distribution center opened around two years ago and employs nearly 2,000 full-time people.

The president is expected to discuss U.S. manufacturing jobs and highlight the expansion in Chattanooga as a sign of economic growth.

The president's planned tour of the one million square foot distribution facility in Enterprise Industrial Park has the community gearing up for the national spotlight.

"I think it's wonderful that he's coming to Chattanooga," said Chattanooga resident Virginia Housely. "I think the city has grown tremendously in the last few years."

J. Ed Marston, with the Chattanooga Area Chamber, says despite the recession the city has managed to attract new companies, including Amazon and Volkswagon.

That's why he believes the president picked this location to visit.

"I think the reason that folks are interested in what's going on in Chattanooga is that we have been able to swim against the current and not only attract major investments but manufacturing investments," Marston said. "The changes have been tremendous."

Anna Geesling-Skalka has lived in Chattanooga for nine years. She says the transformation since the new manufacturing jobs have moved in is noticeable everywhere.

But like the country as a whole, she says Chattanooga can still use an economic boost and hopes the president will offer solutions to benefit East Tennessee.

"We already have some great companies here based in Chattanooga that have been very helpful, but we've also seen a lot of things close down, so anything that would inspire more growth would be great," Geesling-Skalka said.

This will be President Obama's first visit to Chattanooga as president.

A spokesperson for Amazon says they are honored to have him visit their facility.

The last time a president visited Chattanooga was when George W. Bush visited in 2007.

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