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Chamber to President: "Chattanooga has a story to tell"

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President Barack Obama is kicking off his "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" tour in the Scenic City on Tuesday. This will be the first in a series of policy speeches for a campaign that already has its own presence on the White House web site.

The president will speak at Chattanooga's Amazon fulfillment center. "I think it shines a spotlight, especially in this case, on our job creation efforts," said J.Ed. Marston, VP Marketing & Communications for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

He added he was recently asked to put together a briefing book on the area for someone in Washington, DC. That may have been the precursor to this visit.

"Chattanooga really has been a national leader over the last few years," Marston continued. "We had some big hits just as the country slid into the Great Recession and immediately after, even during the Great Recession. Amazon was announced when we were still in the Great Recession."

Not all are 'all in' on the campaign, though. Tennessee 3rd District Congressman (R) Chuck Fleischmann tells Channel 3,"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."

According to the White House, Obama's remarks will focus on manufacturing and high wage jobs for durable economic growth, also proposals to jump start private sector job growth. Marston says, Chattanooga has some of that, too. "I'd love to show him the incubator that the Chamber runs," he explained, "where we have over 60 start-up businesses under one roof employing more than 300 people. We think that's a great economic development story."

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