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Chamber CEO: Georgia bringing more business

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Builders like Keely Fennell already see it: the economy is finally getting better after some very rough years. 

"People are interested in buying houses, and people are interested in selling houses," she explained. "For a while, so many properties were in foreclosure that everything had shifted.

Chris Clark, CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, told a group of business leaders Georgia has made strides in bringing new industrial jobs to the state as well as winning back companies that had moved operations from here to sites overseas.

He said Georgia was now seventh among states for aviation-related manufacturing, thanks in great part to Gulfstream's presence. He said one of the fastest growing sectors in the state is film and gaming, with three film studios, including new arrival Medient Studios building in Effingham County, and dozens of video gaming companies.

It all comes as Georgia was ranked as the top business-friendly state in America last fall

"We're finding out from companies who come here that it's the specific policy changes that have helped. That includes taking the tax off energy used in manufacturing and others," said Clark.

Those changes help bring more jobs and business to the state, and that ripples to company owners like Fennell. She said it then ripples further.

"We're seeing it in construction, and that goes to the attorneys and the bankers and the investors," she said.

Clark was the featured speaker at the first of 13 regional meetings by the Georgia Chamber held in each of the state's economic development regions.

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