The Haslam administration hinted at a big economic announcement after the Governor’s European trip this week.
Tennessee Governors have long gone to Europe in search of bringing jobs to the state. This year, Haslam started in the U.K.
Taking the inaugural British Airways flight non-stop from Nashville to London last Friday was a pretty good reason for Governor Bill Haslam to start his European economic development trip in the United Kingdom. Right beside the Governor on the trip is Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe.
We facetimed with him in Stockholm, where he spoke of an announcement next week of a European company bringing jobs to Tennessee.
“There is one that we have just landed, Chris. It has not been announced, but we are going to be announcing that with the Governor I think the Tuesday we get back from this trip,” said Rolfe.
Look no further than the numbers as to why Governors and the economic development commissioners go on these trips. Rolf says 71,000 Tennesseans work for European companies in the state. That adds up to a more than $4-billion investment from 560 companies across the pond.
“When we take the Governor with us because his time is so limited, we certainly don’t waste it on projects that we are not in the finals, and that is when we bring the Governor in. Our job is to create the opportunity and then bring him in to close,” said Rolfe.
And within a week or so, we will find out how the Governor, the closer, is doing in those European finals.
Tennessee Governors also take an Asian economic development trip in the fall.