State officials roll out the red carpet for potential businesses


News12 First at Five 4/10/14

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----The Masters brings in hundreds of patrons and visitors around the world. The red carpet was rolled out for dozens of consultants.

State and city leaders are using this time to show off what Augusta has to offer and bring new business.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver said this one was bitter sweet for him.

"It's been great going to the course this week. Everybody has been saying we are going to miss you," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

For nine years, during Masters Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver has been apart of the red carpet tour. It's where the state and others show off Georgia to CEO's of multi-million dollar corporations. It's Mayor Copenhaver's last year in office.

"As mayor, it is my last, but once again I co-chaired it the year before. I'm sure i will continue to participate," said Copenhaver.

"There's been about $15,000 jobs created and about 3 and a half billion dollars of investment and those are old numbers," said Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Chris Car.

Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Chris Car is hoping those numbers continue to grow. He says this year they brought in consultants who work with big industries. The tour kicked off Wednesday night with Governor Deal and the next stop is Savannah. They're also getting free badges to the masters tournament.

"It is a great time to show off Georgia and we've got a great story to tell and we want to tell it," said Car.

Next year, they'll continue to tell that story just without Copenhaver as Mayor.


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