Civic leaders and executives gathered to hear the future of Georgia. The state is growing and in 2006 economic forecasters say it will grow faster than ever.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Humpreys of the Terry College of Business, UGA, says, "It looks very good for Columbus as well as Savannah, Brunswick and Valdosta. All four of those metro areas are going to grow faster than Atlanta."
Although Thomasville isn't a metro area, Dr. Humpreys says the Rose City is growing and will continue to grow.
Don Sims of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce says, "We're the smallest community they visit and I think that's an indication of the importance that they see in rural Georgia, and specifically in Thomasville, as an area leader in economic growth and development."
With Florida just a short drive away, economic forecasters say that close proximity will be a major contributor to the economic growth in the Rose City.
Dr. Humpreys adds, "You're gonna benefit from spill overgrowth in Florida in terms of tourism, retiree development, and the real estate sector is going to benefit tremendously."
It’s growth that Thomasville leaders say they support and plan to promote as a place to live, work and spend money. Economic forecasters say Georgia will also see job growth nearly double in 2006.