In recent years, Georgia's economy has struggled in large part because we are so dependant on a few key industries that have been hammered in this post-September 11th world. I believe the key to our long term economic prosperity comes in diversifying our state's economy and empowering small businesses. That requires vision and aggressive leadership. And that's why it is one of my top issues.
As a small business owner, the issue of improving our economy and supporting small businesses is near to my heart. According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, almost 50% of the jobs in Georgia come from employers with 500 or fewer employees. Small businesses are a vital component of our state's economy.
We must continue the efforts of Governor Sonny Perdue to streamline government and reduce burdensome regulations on our small businesses. We must create a vision of where we want Georgia's economy to be 20 years from now and begin the work of building that future.
I want a strong vibrant economy so that our families can prosper, and also a state that is full of economic opportunity for our children and our children's children.
Investing in strong economic opportunity efforts also has a great benefit for homeowners in our communities. With the right leadership and a vision of smarter growth for our community, we can recruit the new high-wage, high quality businesses that will preserve the great quality of life that makes our counties such a wonderful place to live. We can find the smart balance and have the economic growth that has the added benefit of reducing the property tax burden on our families.