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      Gov. Deal joins hunters for job growth

      The 26th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt has kicked off.

      Quail hunters from all across the nation and the world have come to southwest Georgia not only to get in some hunting time but also to network for possible job creation.

      Site Selection magazine recent named Georgia as the number one state for business and now more than 100 hunters have flown in from various parts of the world to see what southwest Georgia has to offer.

      Tuesday was the kickoff for the 26th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt held in Dougherty County.

      Governor Nathan Deal made a stop at the Wynfield Plantation.

      Guests of the quail hunt have invested over $2.5 billion in the state, creating close to 8,500 jobs.

      Governor Deal says south Georgia is known for its agriculture and forestry industries.

      He says unfortunately the state, as a whole, has lost a lot of manufacturing over the last few decades. However, we're seeing some of that industry return.

      With events like the quail hunt, officials are hoping to showcase the area to company leaders who may want to bring their business here.

      Georgia is geographically very well situated. Our infrastructure I think is more than adequate, I think much better than many of the states with whom we have competition but we're just pushing on every front to try to give our citizens a better opportunity to get a job, said Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia- R.

      Governor Deal wasn't able to clean his gun and go out to hunt.

      He says unfortunately the General Assembly is still in session and he had to go back Tuesday night.

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