Governor Brian Kemp speaks about Georgia’s economy after returning from a 10-day trip to Europe that included meetings with several company CEOs.
In addition to meeting with the Georgia State Premier, Kemp also met with corporate leaders in France, most notably at the Paris Air Show.
“We spent two days meeting with the other existing companies that are already doing business in the state and talking to them about expansion and other things,” Kemp said. “That’s why I’m very optimistic about the trip.”
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Kemp said while other states were running information booths or representatives were meeting with companies, Georgia’s economic development team brought him in and that opened the doors for direct talks with CEOs, though he won’t be in office if that relationship bears fruit.
“So in a way, we can pass that on to whoever becomes the next governor,” Kemp said.
Republican Kemp is planting his flag firmly on Georgia’s future economy, while his potential political rival, Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, is trying to claim that ground as well.
Ossoff announced a $1.3 billion infrastructure investment to expand rural Georgia broadband.
“We are now making an unprecedented investment in broadband access for families and businesses across the state of Georgia,” Ossoff said.
Meanwhile, Kemp says his goal is to continue to encourage existing companies to expand and attract new businesses to Georgia, although he can’t quite talk about it just yet.
“There are a few other things we’re working on that we can’t talk about, so I felt really good that we could be there and see how that’s going to impact Georgia going forward,” Kemps said .
One of the people Kemp met was the CEO of Raytheon.
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Its subsidiary Pratt and Whitney just announced a $200 million investment and the creation of 400 new jobs in Columbus.
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