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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 2, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly convenes in 10 days. Lawmakers will revisit some of the same topics they discuss each year, like transportation, education and economic development, which takes on even more importance during this tough economy.

Senator-elect Freddie Powell Sims of Albany has already been busy working with local and state leaders on getting ideas to grow the economy in Southwest Georgia. She says she'll fight to make sure this part of the state isn't left out of the equation when it comes to job growth and development.

She said, "How can we find ways to bring work into the area that's going to be sustainable for future generations? Not just for 10, 15 years and they disappear, but we want to have something we can maintain for generations to come."

Sims says with fewer tax revenues coming into the state, balancing the budget will be a challenge, but it's one that must be met.

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