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Gov. Deal pushing economic development

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal made his first visit to Albany as governor last night, pushing economic development.

He attended the Georgia Quail Hunt Kickoff.

Over two decades, the event has helped bring more than to $2.5 billion in business investment to Georgia.

With the economy still struggling, that kind of investment is needed more than ever.

Governor Deal said his top priority is creating jobs around Georgia using events like this to show state's strengths.

"In the southeast we have the number one ranked railroad system, and our ports are the fastest growing ports in the country," said Gov. Nathan Deal, (R) Georgia.

"These folks that are not going to invest money next week, we have examples of people that have been on this hunt and came back five and 10 years later and decided to bring their company to Georgia," Chris Clark, Pres. & CEO Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers say there is proof the hunt works.

Coats and Clark, a guest in 2009, consolidated its North American distribution operations in 2010 and moved them to Albany.

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