Tuesday, September 23, 2014 · 4:23 p.m.
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Gov. Bill Haslam will address his largest local audience yet as the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on August 24. 

"He likes to be out and about around the state as much as he can," Dave Smith, a spokesperson for Gov. Haslam said. "When an opportunity like this arises and he has time, we like to take advantage of that."

The chamber meeting, which will host more than 1,200 Chattanooga-area business leaders, will allow Halsam to discuss job improvement and business growth potential for the Chattanooga area.

"By providing a platform for Gov. Haslam to share his perspectives with local business leaders, we hope to deepen our community's understanding of his vision for our state and region," said Tom Wilson, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber.

Smith said the additions of major companies to the Chattanooga-area business community are important to Tennessee's overall economic development. 

"There is no denying the success that Hamilton County has had recently with Volkswagen and Amazon," Smith said.

Since taking office in January, Haslam has made several visits to Chattanooga.

Haslam visited Battle Academy and Hixson High School in April to discuss public education issues with local teachers and made an appearance at the grand opening of Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant in May.

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