These are difficult times for our community and our state. We have been hit hard by the recent recession and our unemployment rates remain distressingly high. Keeping our jobs and creating new employment opportunities must be our first priority.
The key is to recognize that jobs will grow where private industry sees a path to long-term prosperity. Government's role is to set the table so that the private sector finds Georgia worth its investment.
The approach to fixing our employment problem must be multi-pronged and flexible. The most effective approach is to combine a fair and business-friendly tax system with a government that is committed to maintaining a high quality of life for Georgia families. Employers will readily invest in Georgia if they find communities where employees are already trained and work ready, where transportation systems are efficient and effective, where water and power are abundant, where the environment is clean and where adequate health resources are present.
It is with a comprehensive approach to dealing with the issue of jobs--focusing not only on providing economic incentives for businesses to locate to Georgia, but also quality of life incentives for employees--that we will retain the jobs we have and continue to grow the new jobs we need.