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Local Dignitaries: VW Brings Opportunities

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY (WRCB) - Channel 3 Eyewitness News anchor Greg Glover and photographer Louis Lee say the latest news out of Germany is that Volkswagen could start building the Chattanooga assembly plant in two weeks.

Glover and Lee are traveling with local dignitaries this week in Wolfsburg Germany, home of the Volkswagen headquarters.

On Wednesday our mayors and governor took a tour of the impressive auto plant and they were thrilled, to say the least.

"I think we have the workforce to do this," said Gov. Phil Bredesen. "I just feel that I constantly go out and go to schools and just try to explain to the kids what they've got to have for the jobs of the future. I just wish I could bring every eighth grader in Tennessee over to this plant and show them what a modern factory looks like.

Rhea County Mayor Billy Ray Patton is among the locals touring VW this week.

"You better believe we are ready for it," said Patton. "I'm just hoping we can lure some of them into Rhea county, and that's what we'll be trying to do the next few days."

Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey says the new VW plant will bring a lot of opportunities to the Tennessee Valley.

"There's a lot to be done and a lot of opportunity. And that's what this is all about," said Ramsey. "That's what this is all about. It's about the future of our community, the future of this company. It's a good marriage, and it's going to be very positive."

Look for reports from Germany through Thursday. Eyewitness News is covering the big story in a partnership with the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Watch for reports in print, online and on the air.

To read Greg Glover's and Louis Lee's blogs from Germany click here.

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