Gov. Nathan Deal speaks in Calhoun

Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday during a visit to Calhoun thousands of jobs have been created in Northwest Georgia.

Deal spoke at a Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Council meeting at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center at 1282 Ga. Highway 53 SW in Calhoun. The commission is a multi-county organization consisting of 15 Northwest Georgia counties and 49 municipalities that administers the Workforce Investment Act along with other programs.

“Working together has achieved great things for state of Georgia,” Deal said. “In our Northwest Georgia Regional Commission jurisdiction, since I've been governor, Georgia has attracted 85 projects, which have resulted in $2.6 billion in capital invested and 10,000 new jobs for the area.”

Last year, 3,000 to 4,000 jobs in the flooring industry were created.

The commission is hoping to boost those numbers with its involvement in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The area overseen by the commission is one of the 12 in the nation selected as an Advanced Manufacturing Community. Eleven federal programs will align to provide resources to the commission to assist industries in four areas — environmental sustainability, research and innovation, workforce and education development, and commercialization.

“There’s good news on horizon and good things are already happening in the state. Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation by three rating agencies as the best to do business in,” Deal said. “The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Council and the state have mutual goals, a better life for our citizens, and by working together we are accom-plishing those goals.”