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Regional Economic Development Meeting In Vidalia
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

July 27--  Concerned leaders from 17 counties convened at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia Wednesday as part of an effort sparked by Governor Nathan Deal to make Georgia more competitive in the world economy.

After several hours of presentations and workgroups, the majority of those attending voted that a qualified and motivated workforce is the number one challenge facing the state.

ImageGeorgia Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Clark challenged business leaders to get behind upcoming referendums on regional transportation taxes.  He said regions which defeat the referendums will see businesses and manufacturers go elsewhere.

ImageSavannah Luggage President Allen Rice of Vidalia urged the state to create a website identifying worldwide market opportunities for Georgia businesses.

ImageAndy Kimball of Truax Veneer in Lyons said we need to start educating young people much earlier about jobs and work ethic.

The commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Chris Cummiskey, said the information gathered from Wednesday's meeting and similiar forums around the state will help guide Governor Deal's administration in setting priorities and allocating resources.    

 
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