1/19: Making Georgia the best for business

Moderated by Rick Badie

Gov. Nathan Deal wants Georgia to be the best place in the nation to conduct business. Any competitive edge helps. He created the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative to devise ways to improve the state’s business climate.

Today, we hear from an economic development expert and a chamber official who oversaw the study.

What do you think?

5 comments Add your comment


January 19th, 2012
8:11 pm

I think DJ and Hillbilly D makes some good points, Wow. I’m wondering why it’s so important for Georgia to rank first in business? Does this mean we’ll be doubling our population in the near future. Be careful what you ask for.

Also, we’ve heard this song and dance before–grow! grow! grow! Everything in the service to business interests. Anyone else getting tired of work 11-hour day jobs. Why can’t Georgia return to a 40-hour work week, have livable wages, and affordable housing. These too are appropriate agenda items for Georgia’s CITIZENS.


January 19th, 2012
1:01 pm

To DJ, part of this initiative IS on education. It’s also on making Georgia a great place for companies to relocate to. That means jobs. Or, I guess you prefer an unemployment rate at 10% – THERE’S your healthy living. Oh, and you know that crime increases in times of poverty/recession. So, that brings in your justice too.

Georgia had done well for so many years because of cheap labor costs, great transportation infrastructure and a non-union environment. Now that transportation infrastructure needs upgrading. Ports (deepening the harbor), roads (T-SPLOST), airport (new terminal nearly done.) Hats off to the two groups leading this effort.

And for the hillbilly, Chambers of Commerce are private, yes even if they receive a portion of their income from hotel/motel taxes. Businesses either choose to join the chamber or they don’t. “Chamber” means business. Chambers are designed to protect the interests of their membership. The fact that some communities are FORWARD-THINKING enough to support the work of their local chamber of commerce … good for them!


January 19th, 2012
12:31 pm

business, business, business, business… always about money. Are there any other values, pursuits, behaviors, or interests that we might focus on? How about making Georgia the best for Education? How about making Georgia the best for healthy living? How about making Georgia the best for raising a family? Or the best for Justice? Talk about your narrow minded view of the world. I thought the people (as in “We the People”) were supposed to be considered “citizens” but in fact, we are just “consumers”.

Hillbilly D

January 18th, 2012
11:05 pm

I never have understood the Chamber of Commerce. Most of the members that I know, locally, are all for “keeping government out of business”, yet in my county, the Chamber gets a goodly portion of it’s funding from the local hotel/motel tax. In my view, it’s a subsidized private club.


January 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

A deep water port for Savannah. With that cruise ships could come in and take 8000 people to the Carribean. Oil tankers could come in and a pipe line could take the oil right to Atlanta. Chop sticks could be sent to China, although there would be room for a bit more.
Pay for all the work on the port with the profits from Casino gambling[if it were legal] Time is wasting, the money would be coming in by the ton, need a port just to deliver the money.