ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal was at Wednesday's Quail Hunt reception hoping to help attract jobs to Georgia.
Governor Deal says Georgia is the 8th most populous state and many people are coming here for jobs. He's also working on what he says is his number one education reform package this year.
Governor Nathan Deal met with more than a dozen business executives looking to call Georgia home and create jobs.
" Certainly I think it's a great representation not only of existing companies in our state but also some prospects hopefully who will look favorably at our state if and when they decide to relocate or expand," said Governor Nathan Deal.
Deal said he stays busy working to attract new industries to the state. Just last month he met with Jaguar executives in the U.K. who are reportedly considering building a plant in South Georgia. He didn't confirm any details but did have this to say.
"We are very fortunate to have major companies who are continuing to look at our state as possible location sites."
Wednesday, the Governor unveiled a bold but controversial plan to turn around failing schools. It would create a statewide Opportunity School District, led by a superintendent who would report directly to the governor and who's job would be to rejuvenate failing public schools
"in order to qualify for it under the legislation that we are proposing a school would've had to have scored an F for at least three consecutive years."
Deal says it's all about providing more chances for students in struggling schools to succeed.
"We don't want to see our children continue to have their futures not expanded to the way that they should be."
Many school leaders are opposed to the current Transportation Funding Bill. They say cutting out the sales tax on gas would cost them big money and force them to make major cuts into their budgets.
"I think it's a rather comprehensive bill and anytime you start making major adjustments on things like the motor fuel tax it gets complicated because a lot of people have a lot of interest in it."