Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sen. Chance Honored by Metro Atlanta Chamber for Enhancing State’s Economic Development

Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has been honored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) for his efforts to cultivate a stronger economic climate in Georgia. He was recognized by Richard F. (Rick) Smith, chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc. and 2009 Metro Atlanta Chamber chairman at the board meeting earlier this month.

“As Georgia families, businesses, and local governments continue to face financial hardship, the legislature is constantly exploring solutions to enhance our economic climate in order to bring jobs, revenue and sustainability to our state,” said Chance. “Through our partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, we can position Georgia to emerge from this downturn as the economic engine of the South. I am honored to be recognized by this outstanding organization, and I look forward to working with them in continuing to move our state forward.”

Sen. Chance was named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee during the 2009 Legislative Session, where he sponsored legislation to update language to the Business Expansion Support (BEST) Act to expand eligibility for businesses that previously would not have qualified. NCR's decision to relocate their headquarters to Georgia in June was partially based on this legislation. The move by the ATM manufacturer resulted in creating over 2,000 jobs in the state.

Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville), who serves as the Senate Economic Development Committee chairman, was also recognized for his efforts in enhancing economic development and helping pass the legislation to update the BEST Act.

Upon recognizing Sen. Chance, MAC Chairman Smith remarked, “Your outstanding contributions have certainly promoted economic development in metro Atlanta and Georgia.”
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