Haslem: Southern governors need to work together to draw investment

9:42 am | October 12, 2012

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Southern states accustomed to luring investments away from the Midwest are casting a wary eye to competition from Mexico.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was asked at the Southern Automotive Conference on Thursday about what steps are being taken to keep investments from moving abroad, especially in light of a recent decision by German automaker Audi to build its first North American plant in Mexico.

Haslam said Southern governors need to work toward a more regional approach to attracting investment, rather than playing off of each other.

“People realize that the strength of the region is really as important as what happens in each one of those states,” he said.

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