Gov. Brian Kemp talks jobs at Coffee with Kemp event in Thomson

Gov. Brian Kemp talks jobs at Coffee with Kemp event in Thomson

THOMSON, GA (WFXG) - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp traveled across the CSRA listening to the needs of people who live here. One of their biggest concerns: jobs.

Gov. Brian Kemp spent Monday morning at Belle Meade Country Club talking to a roomful of people about strengthening rural Georgia, small business and more. Economic development was important topic for many, since 2 plants in the county recently closed.

"We’re trying to find opportunities for those who live here that have not been able to be moved or found a replacement job just yet. " Gov. Kemp says his office will continue to stay focused on the area from a regional and local perspective.

Patsy Spear is with the Farm Bureau. “That’s a lot of jobs that are being lost in this county so it has a big impact on the county so to know that he’s concerned about it and is going to do some help for us, it’s a very good situation for us.”

McDuffie County is one of the 11 counties Senator Jesse Stone represents. He says the governor is a business man who understands what this area needs; and one thing is jobs. “Worker shortage is probably as big a problem as internet connections because incentives bring industry to communities but a good workforce keeps industry in communities.”

The governor’s goal is to discuss economic development and discuss the state’s healthcare issues, which is why he took a tour of Augusta University and held a healthcare round-table.

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