I believe Georgia and particularly the Southern Crescent posses a wealth of potential for Economic Development. We have the infrastructures and workforces necessary to attract quality businesses to our state and community. I plan to continue to work with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as well as our local governments Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authorities to bring Industry and Organizations to our communities that provide high paying jobs and opportunities to our residents. As our national economy struggles to regain its glory days, we must be diligent in our local efforts to generate sustainable revenue sources and provide stability to our struggling and declining tax base. While we are experiencing tremendous growth in new residents, in most cases our tax digest remains at the same or declining levels. This places extreme stress on our ability to provide the services and increased levels of infrastructure required to provide to our citizens and guests the quality of life they so deserve and expect. We must encourage homeownership and revive our Housing Industry--the driving force behind economic recovery. I will build on my working relationships already established with the Senate, House and Federal-Level Leadership to ensure Clayton County receive our fair share of Federal and State Funded Projects and funds through the Appropriations process. I will also work to decrease and eliminate State and Federal unfunded mandates. Additionally, I will work to increase awareness and support of Tourism and the Arts as important entities vital to Economic Development, Education, and Viability in Clayton County.