Deal touts Ga.'s energy efforts, links to jobs

Deal touts Ga.'s energy efforts, links to jobs

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is touting Georgia's efforts to lure manufacturing firms with its energy policy, saying a recent energy sales tax exemption has brought jobs to Georgia.

Deal said Monday that Georgia has a "great opportunity to restore itself as a manufacturing center in the United States." Deal spoke before a group of state and business leaders involved in an economic development initiative.

Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy tax on manufacturing plants, which was a top priority for Deal.

Deal says removing that burden has had a direct influence in companies deciding to move to Georgia or expanding operations in the state.

Deal says Georgia also has the opportunity to draw business from Japan and Germany, where there is some uncertainty about energy supply.

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