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Kemp touts economic development in Gwinnett chamber speech

Gov. Brian Kemp hailed the state’s economic development successes in an address to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

The governor headlined a sold-out chamber luncheon at the Infinite Energy Forum. Providing a recap of the 2019 legislative session, Kemp thanked Gwinnett’s legislative delegation “their bipartisan support on almost everything we did.”

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That included grants for school safety, funding for mental health initiatives and efforts to combat human trafficking, Kemp said. 

“We’ve been very busy, we’ve gotten a lot done but we have more to do,” Kemp said. 

Kemp cited major economic development projects in Gwinnett as signs of the county’s success. Carmax’s new Customer Experience Center in Peachtree Corners was announced in March and the company pledged to hire 300 workers.

Online retail giant Amazon announced in July it would hire 1,000 workers in a massive 700,000-square-foot facility built near the Gwinnett-DeKalb line hat was previously known under the code name “Project Rocket.”

Kemp also cited projects around the state, including a Chick-fil-A distribution center in Cartersville and a customer support facility for online retailer Wayfair in Clarke County as anticipated additions to the state’s workforce. 

“We’re starting to make some headway with what we’re doing around the state and we continue to be focused on Gwinnett,” Kemp said. “There’s a lot of great things going on here.”

As fears of a recession loom, Kemp said his plan to reduce state spending was intended to put money away “for a rainy day.” The new Georgians First Commission, created by Kemp, will recommend ways to reduce government spending and regulations. 

“I don’t think the economy is going to stay as good for me as it did in the [Gov. Nathan] Deal years, but there’s things going on around the world you can’t control,” Kemp said.

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