There’s a good reason Volkswagen and Google chose the Greater Chattanooga region for major new operations that together represent an investment of $1.4 billion and create more than 1,000 well-paying jobs.
In fact, there are many reasons, and they’ve caught the attention of businesses, including Nokian Tyres, which established a $360 million manufacturing facility in Dayton, Tennessee, and Hanwha Q CELLS USA, which invested $130 million and created 525 jobs at its new solar panel manufacturing plant in Dalton, Georgia. The facility is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
Businesses are choosing this 16-county, three-state region as the place to invest, grow and create jobs for reasons including its affordability, superior infrastructure, access to talent, a diverse and growing economy and outstanding quality of life that makes it easy to recruit – and keep – top talent.
“Most companies locate in Chattanooga because of our logistics and market access to the Eastern and Central U.S. But once they are here, they are almost always surprised that the sales pitch they heard during their site selection process is real and tangible to them,” says Charles Wood, chief economic development officer, Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership.
“There is a support network, education partners with long histories of workforce development, an entrepreneurial environment and a quality of life that allows them to recruit great talent.”
The region’s cost advantages and access to talent make it a draw for corporate headquarters and back-office operations. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Unum, Shaw Industries and McKee Foods are a few of the companies that maintain headquarters in Greater Chattanooga.