WYSH Radio/Oak Ridge Today
Clinton City Manager Roger Houck told WYSH Radio in Clinton on Wednesday morning that being chosen for a presidential visit is an honor for a city of Clinton’s size and worth the extra effort that local officials have been making this week.
Houck also talked about how the visit will give national attention to the city, its attractiveness for both companies and potential employees, and even more economic development.
Houck also said that the extra costs to the city associated with the visit, which will not be reimbursed by the White House, are unclear at this time but will be worked out during the next few weeks.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden’s wife Jill will visit Pellissippi State Community College in west Knox County on Friday afternoon, and then they’ll stop at Clinton manufacturer Techmer PM. The visit to Clinton will be the first for a president.
It’s also Obama’s first visit to the Knoxville area in his six years as president. It will be his second visit to Tennessee in recent weeks and his third in the last 13 months.
The stop at Techmer PM, which manufactures additives and colors for a wide range of plastics in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park, is expected to highlight the administration’s efforts to create new, well-paying manufacturing jobs. During the stop at Pellissippi State, Obama is expected to discuss new initiatives that he will propose to help Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed.