Issue 142

February 2010

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Fast Company Magazine

Willkommen to Chattanooga

The 1,350-acre site on its way to becoming a Volkswagen plant was once home to an ammunitions operation producing bombs that dropped on Germany during World War II. “The federal government sat on it for a long, long time and wouldn’t even talk about giving it up,” says Ron Littlefield, mayor of the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Starting in 1994 — “about four mayors ago,” as Claude Ramsey, the Hamilton County mayor, puts it — the city got serious about buying the land.

Willkommen to Chattanooga
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