The Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority has received an invitation from German officials to bring a delegation to Germany. 

The invitation, which was made on Monday, after a meeting last week between area officials and a German delegation at Chickamauga’s Gordon-Lee Mansion. 

 Jeff Mullis, director of the Development Authority, which serves Walker, Catoosa, Dade and Chattooga counties said the meeting was primarily to get aquainted with the German’s that are involved in the new Volkswagon plant coming to Chattanoonga.  One of the Development Authority’s tasks is to bring new industry to the four-county area. The authority is headquartered in the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.

Mullis said the invitation is a good sign, one that will hopefully land Volkswagen support industry in Northwest Georgia. Volkswagen plans to build a $1 billion plant in Chattanooga’s Enterprise South Industrial Park by 2011. Volkswagen is looking for suppliers, including possible ones in Walker and Catoosa counties. These businesses or industries would supply parts to the VW plant once it is in production. The suppliers could include both existing and    new businesses.

The invitation date is scheduled for Nov. 9.