A Republican candidate for governor wants to make defense contractors the next big industry in Tennessee. Chattanooga Congressman Zach Wamp envisions what he calls a “defense corridor” stretching through the state, from Huntsville, Alabama up to Fort Campbell.
Wamp says the state already has the infrastructure to attract defense manufacturers and military suppliers.
“We’re in an era of what’s called ‘geo-political conflict’ – constant instability in the world. The defense and homeland security sectors are going grow in this country, and they’re going to come to right to work states with a low cost of living. That’s us. That’s Tennessee.”
Wamp says the first step would be agreements between Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal and Fort Campbell, as well as local governments and universities.