ALBANY, GA (WALB) - House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal got a firsthand look at southwest Georgia Thursday and some of the challenges the region faces.
State Representative Gerald Greene invited him to tour his district and meet with leaders in Early, Terrell and Dougherty Counties. Both lawmakers say south Georgia will be better off if more bright, young people could find good jobs in it.
"There don't seem to be enough opportunities especially for young people that grow up in Southwest Georgia," O'Neal said. "They get through college, their technical training whatever that may be and there are not opportunities for them to come back home for the rest of their lives vocationally."
Rep. Greene says having O'Neal in town will help make sure concerns of the region are heard in the state's capital.
"The needs in Southwest Georgia are different from those in Atlanta, Georgia, in middle Georgia," Greene said. "I wanted a fresh approach to the way that we presented our problems in southwest Georgia and I think I got it today."
The leaders did not offer any specific solutions but did stress that most job and population growth in Georgia is in metro Atlanta.