A fundraising event was held Wednesday night by the Connect Georgia campaign to raise funds and awareness for the upcoming T-SPLOST vote.
Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle attended the informal affair.
"Having Lt. Governor Cagle here is extremely important to southwest Georgia's efforts in getting this vote ratified and approved on July 31st," says Chris Hardy, President and CEO for the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
Hardy chatted with Cagle about the economic possibilities of the T-SPLOST.
"We've have to send a strong message to companies across the world that are looking to locate here in Georgia that we're open for business and that we're making a strategic investment that they're looking for in order to make their investment in our community," says Casey Cagle, Georgia's Lt. Governor.
He says in order to convince global leaders that Georgia is on the edge of an economic boom, first voters must be persuaded.
"25 percent of that money that's raised is going to be directly allocated for the community itself. So we think it's a win win and it's the right message for job creation," says Casey Cagle.
Chris Hardy, with the Albany Chamber, says if passed the one cent sales tax will bring an economic boost that will ripple through the state.
The list goes on and on as far as benefits other than just improving our roads and bridges. There's a long list to it as far as how it can benefit southwest Georgia," says Chris Hardy.
He says aside from updates on infrastructure, voters mustn't forget about the safety aspect. The proposed sales tax means safer roads for families and businesses.
Officials say to speed up the slow economy...community members have to look past the past...and see the more prosperous road ahead.
"There's no doubt that we've had a huge economic downturn. We've all experienced it personally and industries have as well but we can't cut our way out of it. We've got to grow our way out of it," says Casey Cagle.