Global Green Lighting and Chattanooga Future Still Up In The Air

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 4/15/2014 7:18 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Global Green Lighting relocated from China to Chattanooga to provide LED lights for the city and improve safety in Coolidge Park.

They say they are fully committed to the Chattanooga area, would like to grow, expand and hire more people in the Tennessee Valley.

Phase one of a deal done with the city under Ron Littlefield is now over and CEO Don Lepard says they are ready to keep going.

"The question is whether or not the contract is going to continue or not or whether or not we can justify the additional expenses, if we don't get the rest of the contract from the city of Chattanooga our company is not going out of business we have developed something that is fixing to go nationwide"

Lepard says Chattanooga and his home of 30 years Soddy Daisy mean a lot but there are other options on the table.

"Very strong wanting us to move our facility and produce product in the city of Memphis as well as some of the other cities in the State of Tennessee""

City Council's Ken Smith a supporter of the company, believes the contract will move forward and a resolution will be reached soon.

"I want to see more people working, beyond that I want to see more dollars from outside coming in, as this organization continues to grow, these additional cities that want to take on the same program will be sending their dollars here to our people who are working here to create that additional economic development"

Fellow Global Green Lighting supporter,  Manny Rico says government and business can sometimes have misunderstandings.

"As they think about their budget every year, one year at a time, while in business you think the long line, we are not going to go out of business, we want to stay in business for years, if we can save money during that time, then that's what we need to do, we need to be thinking about the long haul not just this year"

Smith confirmed there is an independent analyzer in place to examine how successful phase one of the lights have been.

They employ a few dozen workers right now, but hope to expand up to 250.
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