Ga. Gubernatorial Candidate Eric Johnson Meets with Carter

ATLANTA (Aug. 17, 2009) – State Sen. Eric Johnson, a Republican running to replace Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, stopped by Carter headquarters today to discuss his campaign and key issues facing the state.

A Savannah architect and industrial developer, Johnson said Georgia must provide an education to its residents that empowers them to compete globally. “We’re not only competing with South Carolina,” he said. “We’re competing with South Korea.”

Georgia also must continue to use economic incentives to attract new companies such as NCR, which is relocating its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, to Gwinnett County. However, Johnson stressed that existing Georgia companies also should be eligible for incentives when they expand here. Check out this video for more on this topic.

As far as the state’s stressed relationship with the city of Atlanta, Johnson said it’s important for the governorof Georgia and mayor of Atlanta to have a good relationship. Johnson said he explains to officials in Macon,Columbus, Savannah and other Georgia cities that Atlanta is vital to the state’s success. “Atlanta is theeconomic heartbeat of this state,” he told Carter associates. “And if they’re hurting, you’re hurting.”

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