Governor Bill Haslam says it’s too soon for his administration to be claiming all the credit for big jobs announcements around the state. In the last month hundreds of new jobs have been touted in Cool Springs, Hendersonville, and Nashville.
Expanding the job market is a pivotal issue for Haslam, as state unemployment hovers just under 10 percent. But Haslam will tell you for some of the recent jobs announcements, his predecessor, Phil Bredesen, still deserves the praise.
“In some of those cases, they’re initiatives we started since we got here. Some of them we were handed the baton from Governor Bredesen’s administration. So it’s a mixed bag. We certainly can’t claim credit for all of them, but some of those are things that we begin the relationship since we got there, so…”
Haslam says the benefits of his own work should soon become apparent, hinting more jobs announcements could be close.