By Matt Anderson
DALTON, Ga. —; Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican candidate for re-election this year, today spelled out his vision for “the New Georgia” at a Rotary Club luncheon at the Dalton Golf and Country Club.
The first-term governor said he is striving for a state that is customer-focused, principle-centered and results-driven. He focused on alternative energy and said he hopes new technology pioneered by the University of Georgia to convert pine trees to ethanol would be available to consumers soon.
“None of the Southeast can survive on cheap labor, cheap land and unlimited water anymore,” he said.
Gov. Perdue is being challenged for re-election, with the top two Democrats battling for their party’s nomination being Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox.
The incumbent governor took the opportunity to tout his economic record in Georgia, a state he said has moved from No. 12 to No. 3 on a list of states most favorable to new business.
“Folks I’m going for number one,” he said.
E-mail Matt Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for full coverage.