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28th annual Georgia Quail Hunt kicks-off

Chris Clark, President & CEO of Georgia Chamber Chris Clark, President & CEO of Georgia Chamber
Chris Carr, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development Chris Carr, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development
Governor Nathan Deal Governor Nathan Deal
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Business leaders from around the country are attending the state Chamber of Commerce's largest ever Quail Hunt.

The 28th annual Georgia Quail Hunt kicked off Wednesday at Wynfield Plantation.
30 site location consultants in fields such as logistics, manufacturing, and agriculture are taking part.
This year, organizers invited more local officials to show off what southwest Georgia has to offer prospective companies.

"It's not a one size fits all,” said Chris Clark, President & CEO of Georgia Chamber. “Every project doesn't need to be in metro Atlanta. Everyone doesn't need to be at the port in Savannah. They need to be in different places and we just have to be better about finding the right projects that fit here."

"It's a great relationship opportunity,” said Chris Carr, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development. “You've gotta be able to make the case that this is a great place to do business and we have."  

They're also hunting in more areas around Southwest Georgia this year.
Since 1994, Quail Hunt guests have invested more than $2.5 Billion and created more than 8500 jobs in Georgia.

Governor Nathan Deal was mingling with those potential job creators also.
 He says the hunt is a great opportunity to showcase different areas of the state to companies looking to expand.
 Deal says Georgia has enjoyed a lot of job growth since he became governor five years ago and he expects that to continue this year.

"According to my information we have had some 467,200 new jobs that have come to Georgia and those are private sector jobs by the way,” said Governor Nathan Deal.

Deal says he would like to see more job growth in Southwest Georgia since our area has been hit hard by plant closings over the last decade.

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