President Obama to speak at Amazon center in Chattanooga

Published: Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:44 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM CDT
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President Obama (File Photo)
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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WAFF) - Continuing his push to promote a stronger middle class, the White House announced Wednesday night that President Barack Obama will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, next Tuesday to deliver what the administration said is a first in a series of policy speeches "bargaining" for middle class Americans.

The speech will be delivered at the Amazon fulfillment center that opened two years ago in the Enterprise South Industrial Park, focusing on the economic boost the center brought to the area and future growth in the country.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican whose district includes the Amazon center, called President Obama's record on creating jobs "more than a little disappointing," and added, in part, that he hopes the president "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, the president's speech will center on manufacturing and higher-paying jobs that he hopes will jumpstart hiring in the private sector. He's also expected to discuss new ideas to create jobs in the United States.

President Obama's speech in Tennessee comes after a series of state trips recently, where he's aiming to narrow Washington's focus back on middle class job growth.

The Chattanooga fulfillment center, which currently houses nearly 2,000 full-time Amazon employees, is one of 40 throughout the country, according to Mary Osako, a spokesperson for the company.

Amazon's Vice President of Worldwide Operations & Customer Service Dave Clark will be in attendance for the speech and tour of the center. Osako said the company is "honored" to host the president next week.

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