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State Chamber President Visits Toombs
Tuesday, 09 November 2010

November 9--  The new president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has been on the job only a few days and is out visiting local chambers of commerce.

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Georgia Chamber President/CEO Chris Clark (left) with Joe Filippone of the Montgomery County Industrial Authority

During a visit to Vidalia Tuesday, Chris Clark, a native of Fitzgerald and a Georgia Southern grad, says his goal is to make the state chamber more proactive.

"You're going to see a much more aggressivle advocate for business in Atlanta and in Washington to make sure small businesses aren't swallowed up by regulations coming from bureaucrats in Washington.  You're going to see us taking bills to the General Assembly to make us more competitive to do business and grow jobs in Georgia," he said.

Clark is a former deputy commissioner with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and believes things are looking up in terms of prospects and for Georgia businesses interested in international trade.

"Georgia businesses ought to be focused on selling their products overseas and we're going to be working to help them do that," he reports.

Clark believes the state is in for another year or two of state budget decreases, but is optimistic that in the long term the state will see more growth in economic development.

The new state president met with local leaders in a meeting sponsored by the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce at the STC Economic Development Center on Brinson Road in Vidalia. 

 
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