Economic Outlook Luncheon

The future of Savannah's economy is looking good. That was the word today at the chamber of commerce's annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. For the first time, the chamber partnered with the University of Georgia, Terry Business College for the presentation. And the school's dean, George Benson, gave chamber members a better understanding of upcoming trends for 2004.

"The biggest difference between this year and last year is that job engine," said Benson. "We expect about 22,000 new jobs in Georgia this year, but more than triple that--over 60,000--next year. And that's very good news."

Representatives from the healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, tourism and transportation industries also presented their economic forecasts for the coming year.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark,