President Barack Obama to visit Chattanooga, tour Amazon
Multiple sources confirm to Channel 3 President Barack Obama will visit Chattanooga next week.
In a statement released by the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney said in part, "On Tuesday, July 30, the President will travel to the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to give the first in a series of policy speeches on his better bargain for the middle class. Tuesday's speech will focus on manufacturing and high wage jobs for durable economic growth, and the President will discuss proposals he has laid out to jumpstart private sector job growth and make America more competitive, and will also talk about new ideas to create American jobs."
Mary Osako, Spokesperson For Amazon tells Channel 3 "We are honored to host President Obama at our Chattanooga, TN, fulfillment center which is one of more than 40 fulfillment centers in the U.S. where we employ over 20,000 full time employees."
Channel 3 has also confirmed the Chattanooga Police Department is working with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies to secure the visit.
Reached for comment, Tennessee 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R) said, "Today, President Obama once again pivoted to the economy. Unfortunately, his record to this point has been more than a little disappointing. Hopefully, while in Tennessee he will talk to some of the businesses his healthcare law is crippling and pick up some tips from our strong conservative leadership which has encouraged businesses like Amazon to move to our great state."
The last time Chattanooga hosted the President of the United States was February of 2007. Air Force One touched down at Chattanooga metropolitan Airport bringing President George W. Bush to the Scenic City. His visit included a tour of Erlanger Medical Center, a speech at the Trade and Convention Center, and lunch at Porker's Bar-B-Que.
Our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press report: President Barack Obama will bring his campaign tour to promote middle class jobs to Chattanooga on Tuesday with a visit to the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga.
The White House announced tonight that the president will tour the Amazon distribution center on Discovery Drive where he will outline his plan for a better bargain for the middle class.
"Tuesday's speech will focus on manufacturing and high wage jobs for durable economic growth, and the President will discuss proposals he has laid out to jumpstart private sector job growth and make America more competitive, and will also talk about new ideas to create American jobs," a White House staffer said.
In a speech today in Galesburg, Ill., Obama cast himself as the champion for middle-class Americans struggling to make ends meet. He chided Washington for having "taken its eye off the ball" and declared that the economy would be the "highest priority" of his second term.
Amazon opened its 1 million-square-foot warehouse in the Enterprise South Industrial Park in 2011 and announced plans last year to expand the Chattanooga complex and the nearby distribution center in Charleston, TN., to employ up to 5,000 employees during the year-end holiday season.The Amazon expansions were the biggest single job additions in Tennessee two years ago.
The distribution center is the size of 17 football fields and handled more than 9 million items during the holiday season.
Editor's Note: We will be using #POTUSinCHA on Twitter to organize the community and our coverage of President Obama's visit on Tuesday.