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August 22, 2002

A record number of people turned out for the 8th annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon in Albany today. More than 12-hundred people attended the annual event. Many more had to be turned away from the Albany Civic Center.

 This was the first time the Chamber's Congressional Luncheon has been held in Albany. It's only the second time it's been held outside Atlanta. Business and industry leaders from across the State were in Albany. It was a chance for the area to push economic growth.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Tim Chason said "We have business folks from all over the state here today looking at not only what the Federal leaders are going to say, but also meeting a lot of different folks from the Albany and Southwest Georgia area." Albany Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin "We want them to have, obviously, a good impression of Albany. We're a city of Excellence, a city on the go, on the grow, and we want to share the story."

Congressmen Sanford Bishop, Saxby Chambliss, Mac Collins and Nathan Deal were the speakers. They fielded questions from the audience on issues including taxes, the economy, and military base closures.