Wed., August 5, 2009 3:31pm (EDT)

Top Georgia Business Leader Says There Are Some Encouraging Signs
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Georgia Chamber of Commerce President George Israel
Georgia Chamber of Commerce President George Israel
One of the state's top business leaders says things might be looking up in Georgia, but we still have a ways to go.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce President, George Israel spoke to a group of business leaders in his hometown of Macon. The former Macon mayor also told the group it's important to thrive in good times and survive the bad.

He says there are some bright spots in Georgia's economy.

"I think we're seeing signs of rebound in certain areas. Columbus is still doing fairly well, as is Augusta. Savannah, the port has continued to be busy.

"There's some good things happening," Israel added, "and we just have to keep our eye on the mark and keep going."

And to keep going he says the state will have to resolve its issues with Florida and Alabama over water. The chamber is also keeping a close eye on Washington's attempts to reform health care and pass climate change legislation.