Senate creates economic development council

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday afternoon that would create an economic development council of state lawmakers to evaluate all state-funded activities that support Georgia’s economic development strategy.
“This is an opportunity for us to formally evaluate all of the programs that are funded anywhere in the budget in the name of economic development,” said Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee. “As stewards of taxpayer dollars, it’s our responsibility to ensure that money used for economic development is utilized effectively to promote job creation and growth.”

The bill, SB 374, passed 50-0.

Pearson said the council would be made up of both Senate and House members and will review current goals, tax exemptions and credits, as well as the Department of Economic Development’s activities and expenditures.
Currently, economic development initiatives are scattered throughout the budget and across agencies.

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February 16th, 2010
5:57 pm

Good to hear the boys in the dome are turning it around


February 16th, 2010
8:08 pm

Just another council. committee being appointed. Nothing good from it, another wasted day.


February 16th, 2010
10:41 pm

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More good ole corporate welfare in the works.

Old Dawg

February 17th, 2010
7:36 am

Does ANYONE really think that Sen. Pearson or any other member of the Ga Legislature has a clue about economic development? And, that statement about being “stewards” of tax payer money? Since when?! Just another flawed attempt at politcal control. Nothing good will come from this. Why not hire a true certified economic development professional and hold that person accountable? Nah, that would be too simple and no political fodder to harvest.


February 17th, 2010
9:44 am

Why aren’t they bringing in professionals who work in fields associated with community development. A bunch of lawyers sitting around talking about economic development isn’t going to do a thing. Just more talk. We need to have business leaders, community leaders, academics and local government representatives creating actual plans, not more committees wasting tax dollars doing nothing. This is exactly the kind of passive inaction that caused Georgia to lose out on the transportation funding just paid to our neighbors, Florida and NC. Those states aggressively addressed transportation issues – their reward? Right around $2 billion. Georgia got a $750,000. Thanks Sonny and the Georgia Legislature for letting Georgia get passed by … once again.


February 17th, 2010
1:39 pm

What a fricken JOKE! If these clowns had been listening to the business community they would have known what to do. Hey Chip…TRANSPORTATION PLAN…4 years ago!! This is just cover for these morons, because they know the business community is fed up and mobilizing a political strategy to remove them and those who cant seem to get anything done

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