Commercial Real Estate is "Backbone of What We Do," Ga. Gov. Candidate Roy Barnes Tells Carter

ATLANTA (Sept. 21, 2009) – Commercial real estate is critical to the state of Georgia, and it’s time to get the industry back on its feet in Atlanta and elsewhere in the state. That’s was one message from former Ga. Gov. Roy Barnes, who addressed scores of Carter associates today at company headquarters in Atlantic Station. Barnes is running as a Democrat in Georgia’s 2010 gubernatorial race.

“It’s the backbone of what we do,” Barnes said when asked about the importance of commercial real estate to the Peach State. “There’s only two economic engines in this state. One of them is residential real estate, and the other one’s commercial real estate. They work very well in conjunction with each other and we need to restart them both.”

Barnes also said if he’s elected he’d plan to move state workers away from Capitol Hill in downtown Atlanta and into some of the available space in surrounding areas. “It’s too congested around

Capitol Hill,” Barnes said. “We should move more and more [state workers] out.”

While judiciary and legislative offices should remain downtown, other executive agencies would be moved,
the former governor said. Jim Galloway, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter who covers politics,
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