President Obama coming to the Scenic City to talk jobs
Chattanooga is getting ready for a presidential visit. President Obama is coming to the Scenic City to talk "jobs."
It's the first visit by a president in six years. He's scheduled to tour Chattanooga's Amazon fulfillment center.
Of course there's a lot of mixed reactions, ranging from excitement, to those who say he's wasting everybody's time. But, it seems most people do want to hear what President Obama's plan is and if it will be carried out.
Chattanooga's the first stop on his new tour about job growth and better wages.
"All I care about is how to use every minute of the remaining 1,276 days in my term to make this country work for working Americans again," said President Obama.
Wednesday night, President Barack Obama spoke at an Illinois College about the need to boost middle class.
Chattanooga will be the first to hear his plans to do that. He kicks off his "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" tour at 'our' Amazon fulfillment center off Bonny Oaks Drive Tuesday.
"He talks about that frequently, so we'll see how that turns out," said Dora Bridgman.
"I don't know how what he's going to say is to change about how I feel about him," said Angie Lee.
Some say they doubt his speech to the Scenic City will result in any action. While others are hopeful he'll offer a solution in the way of jobs and wages.
"It's a city where jobs are important so I think it's good that he's coming and speaking up and boosting up the morale," said Kenneth Love.
"Hopefully he can maybe touch on the minimum wage issue from everyone I know, is struggling these days," said Oran Dixson.
The White House says the president's remarks will focus on manufacturing and high wage jobs for durable economic growth and proposals to jumpstart private sector job growth.
Areas where local employment agencies are seeing the need first hand.
"We're busy and we're busy. We had, just since July 1st, we've had over almost 200 applicants," said Jo Ann Forman, Olsten Staffing Services.
Olsten Staffing Services says their office is staying packed with people desperate for work. After recent layoffs by Volkswagen and several of its suppliers and french power company, Alstom.
"Every single one of those guys said they were having trouble finding new jobs," said Forman.
Olsten Staffing Services says they're hiring 'most' people into temp jobs, not permanent jobs.