The stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) provided nearly $1.9 billion for cleanup, research and operating support of federal facilities in Oak Ridge; $52 million for continued work on the new lock at the Chickamauga Dam, and $111 million for EPB's fiber optic smart grid in Chattanooga, among other programs.
Were those federal stimulus funds in Tennessee's 3rd congressional district ineffective and poor policy?
Masoud Bajestani helped lead the restart of both Browns Ferry units and set the stage for the startup of the first new commercial nuclear reactor in the United States in the 21st century. Thanks for the explanation about one reason he may have been dismissed. TVA policies probably prohibit a public release of all of the reasons for his departure.
Atlanta grew its economy by importing smarter folks from elsewhere. Only one of three adults in the Atlanta area, at one time, grew up in Atlanta as a child.
The cheapest and easiest way to get good talent is to be open to outsiders and immigrants.
You create wealth by making goods, growing crops or digging minerals out of the ground. Unfortunately, those making things and generating wealth in factories and on construction work sites are losing jobs in Chattanooga. Those trading services around like in health care, information and food services are the only growth sectors in the employment market. That's not sustainable.
No wonder health care costs are out of control. What evidence is there that anyone in Chattanooga is any healthier than a decade ago. Indeed, by some measures we are less healthy than we were in 2001 when 7,000 fewer people worked in health care jobs in Hamilton County.
The number of people working in health care is up nearly 53 percent since 2001 with no evidence of any improvements.
People who complain about government inefficiency should look at our private sector health care industry. Arguably, it is the least efficient industry in America -- and getting worse every day.
Where are the cost controls? Where in the market discipline? Where is BlueCross in trying to represent consumers in holding down costs? We're not that much older and sicker than a decade ago.
Our economy can't survive simply on having everyone working on taking care of each other at doctor offices and hospitals.
Amazon is a tremendous company Chattanooga and Cleveland will be very fortunate to land, if we can. Tennessee doesn't get the sales tax revenues from most Amazon sales right now so we are not giving anything away that we get right now. What we have to gain from the best online company in the world locating here are thousands of area jobs and a real boost in the economy when we need it most.
State and local officials need to do what they can to recruit Amazon and its excellence to our community.
Thank you Amazon for considering our area.
The workers at Volkswagen will ultimately decide if they want a union. VW operates very successfully in Germany with a union and appears to be starting up well here without a union. The workers decide whether they want union representation and I'm confident Volkswagen will work well with either union or non-union workers.
Now compare that with the business associations that compel people to support their programs without any vote. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce gets public money from the city, the county, the Tennessee Valley Authority and EPB and nobody votes on whether they want to support the Chamber and its anti-labor policies. The fruits of many workers efforts help fund the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce -- even when that group works against workers' interests.
Bob Corker conducted secret meetings at his home in 2008 with Chamber of Commerce officials to negotiate tax breaks and investment incentives for Volkswagen. Labor and the taxpayers had no say at that bargaining table.
I wish the same business types and Republicans who continually whine about union card check certification for representation (which never did pass Congress) would quit complaining about unions that continue to shrink in size and importance. Less than 7 percent of Tennessee workers belong to unions and there hasn't been a labor dispute in Chattanooga or a major new industrial union organized in recent history. Why is it that unions are blamed? Because business groups need something to generate dues. The UAW agreed to wage concessions even while Wall Street was bailed out and the CEOs of most Chattanooga corporations continued to raise their pay. Unions helped build America's middle class. But unfortunately, as union influence wanes, so does middle class America. That should worry all of you people trying to sell goods and services to middle class customers.
Republicans want to keep the tax breaks for the wealthy without paying for such a tax extension, but they won't extend jobless benefits for those ltrying to find work but unable to secure employment. We see who the GOP represents.
It's tasty bacon for us and fatty pork for others
The metro areas in Alabama and Tennessee with the lowest unemployment rates right now are Huntsville (7.2 percent) and Knoxville-Oak Ridge (7.3 percent). Those are the cities benefitting the most by federal spending. Uncle Sam is very generous to the Tennessee Valley and cutting the federal budget could be very tough on this region of the country.