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Governor Deal rolls out red carpet for business leaders

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Quail hunting could help attract jobs to south Georgia. Wednesday night, Governor Nathan Deal helped kick off a quail hunting event that focuses attention on our part of the state.  

"Sometimes it feels like I'm sure to some people in Southwest Georgia that people don't come down here as often as possible," said Governor Nathan Deal.

State and local politicians, economic developers, and business leaders gathered at Wynfield Plantation to kick off the 26th annual Georgia Quail Hunt.  It brings in industry representatives from around the country, leaders who could decide to create manufacturing, technology, and distribution jobs in Georgia.

"What we've done is we've brought the private sector together with the local community with the Georgia Chamber and what we're trying to do is show what makes Georgia a special place to do business," said Chris Carr, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development.

Organizers say the hunt has paid big dividends in the past, and they're hoping for more good results this year.

"We have a number of prospects here this year, as we had in the past, some of them already has a presence in our state and we're hoping if they want to expand they will do right here in Georgia," said Deal.

And they may be more inclined to do that after getting a first-hand look at what Georgia has to offer.

Guests of the Georgia Quail Hunt have invested more than $2.5 billion in Georgia and created nearly 8,500 jobs since the hunt began.

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