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From Governor Nathan Deal
Deal: Give edge to Georgians in state contracts
Governor vows to renew law that helps local small businesses compete for bids
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a commitment in his second term to renew opportunities for Georgia-based businesses through legislative recommendations and guidelines for strategic practices for state entities.
“Upon taking office, I spearheaded legislation to increase the bidding threshold for state entities from $5,000 to $25,000, opening the door for more local businesses to do business with the state without cumbersome bidding requirements,” Deal said. “This legislative fix expires June 2015, but I will take action to extend it. I’ve also tapped our Department of Administrative Services to work with state entities to identify strategies, revise policies and procedures and develop guidelines to enhance opportunities for Georgia-based businesses. These businesses are the foundation of our economy and it’s our job to create an atmosphere that enables them to grow, expand and compete right here in their home state.
“Creating a pro-business environment where companies can find success and create jobs for our state’s citizens has been my top priority since taking office,” Deal said. “Dedication from businesses, communities, our economic development partners and our citizens have taken Georgia from being a great state for business to being the top state for business. We are working to stay ahead of the curve and seizing every opportunity to continue bolstering our economic development efforts. I believe that increasing opportunities for Georgia-based businesses is one way to do so. By making it easier for small business, Georgia-based business and manufacturers to gain state contracts, we can leverage our buying power to stimulate the state’s economy and keep jobs here.”