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Governor points to successes during visit to Hinesville

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Governor Nathan Deal stood on a football field and gave what sounded like a half-time summary of his term. Governor Nathan Deal stood on a football field and gave what sounded like a half-time summary of his term.
HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Governor Nathan Deal stood on a football field and gave what sounded like a half-time summary of his term. He also talked about what he hoped to do in the time remaining.

He told the audience his main priority has been making Georgia more attractive to businesses to bring jobs and revenue here. So far, he said, his office of Economic Development had measured 78,000 new jobs since the beginning of 2011.

Deal said Georgia had also maintained its bond rating, which saves the state millions in interest payments.

The governor told the crowd he anticipated a vote soon in Washington on the necessary funding to deepen the Port of Savannah.

"It is part of a large piece of legislation that includes nearly every major water project in America," he said afterward. "These pieces of legislation come around only every four or five years and I expect it to pass."

On his way to a tour of Ft. Stewart, Deal talked about what he hoped to do for Georgians leaving the downsizing U.S. military. He announced plans to streamline job licensing for former military members who received specific job training through their military service.

"As those folks leave the military, we want them to be able to get into the workforce quickly and be able to use that training that has already been funded by taxpayers. They shouldn't be delayed to go through the same training again," he explained.

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