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Sonny Perdue
GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release
Contact: Loretta Lepore, Office of the Governor
404-651- 7774
Kevin Langston, GDITT
404-651-8578

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Georgia 's Business Environment Empowers Success

Industry Leaders Outline Successes in Georgia G8 Summit Panel Discussion

SAVANNAH , GA - Leaders from Georgia 's business community met today at the G8 Summit International Media Center for a panel discussion focused on the economic conditions in Georgia and how the state has created an environment ripe for business growth and prosperity.

Participants included Dr. Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia; Pete Correll, chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific Corp.; Doug Marchand, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority; and Robert Ratliff, chairman, president and CEO of AGCO Corp.

" Georgia provides fertile ground for growing successful, global corporations," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "Our pro-business climate, superior infrastructure, and skilled workforce provide advantages that help companies succeed."

Georgia is the leading global commercial center in the fast growing South. It is home to 16 Fortune 500 companies, and more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have operations in the state. Global companies such as AGCO, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Air Lines, CNN, AFLAC, Gulfstream and GE Power Systems call Georgia home.

The state offers businesses superior transportation and communications infrastructure, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport , two deep-water ports, interstate rail and highway accessibility and a strong telecommunications network.

"By helping companies grow and succeed, Georgia can ensure long-term opportunity for all its citizens," said Governor Perdue.

**Audio of the briefing will be available at http://www.georgia.org/G8/news/multimedia.html

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