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State, Terrell Co. leaders work to boost economy

TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Economic leaders in Terrell County hope a visit from state officials can produce new ideas to boost their economy.

The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and his team spent Wednesday touring various industries in Terrell County, like Golden Peanut and Tyson.

"We're mainly an agricultural based community and without our ag industry, we really wouldn't survive in Terrell County," said Terrell County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gina Webb. "So it's very important for us to diversify that base in our community, but also to build on what we have."

She says showcasing agriculture there is a key part.

"It's hard for small communities such as ours, being so rural to get [metro] Atlanta to focus on rural Georgia," said Webb. "So it's really big to have them here, to take them on a tour of some of our industry here, [and] to get them in front of our industry leaders to let their voices be heard."

Chris Carr, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development said it's all about community connections.

"The folks in this community know what the vision is," he said. "And we want to partner, to leverage our assets and our resources to make sure that we help find the best way to increase jobs and investment."

Commissioner Carr said they need to find ways to bring in tourists to showcase what Terrell County is known for- agriculture.

"Let's show them the great product that we have and the opportunities that we have. And again, Agri-tourism is growing, people are learning more about it, wanting to explore a little bit more and so we want to partner to find ways we can help with that."

Terrell County economic leaders said they're also focusing on workforce development and offering more opportunities.

The group of state leaders will also make a few stops in Albany on Thursday.

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