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Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 9:46am

Columbus Area Economy Continues to Grow

While Georgia continues to limp through the recession there are a few parts of the state that are an oasis in this economic desert.
Just this week Governor Sonny Perdue celebrated the opening of a plant that makes parts for the KIA Sorento built nearby. Johnson Controls in West Point employs 300 people.
KIA Motors and Fort Benning in the Columbus area are responsible for thousands of jobs coming to the western part of the state. Becca Hardin with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce says by next year 30-thousand people will move to the area when the base expands.
“We’ve been in a very fortunate position to have KIA and Fort Benning and then to be able to bring in some new companies in a recession where the rest of the United States has really been hurting.”
While much of Georgia saw record unemployment in March, the numbers in the Columbus area are going down.