Middle Georgia business leaders learn about 2015 economic forecast

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia business leaders packed the Macon Centreplex this afternoon to find out how our economy is shaping up for the year.

The year is off to a good start, according to a new report from the University of Georgia.

It partnered with Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business to publish an economic outlook of the state. It is a tool that will help business leaders make decisions about their industries. Mercer’s Dr. Aleksander Tomic analyzed how the report affects Middle Georgia.

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"We here in Middle Georgia, concern is how we are going to compete with Atlanta and such, those are not just easy questions with easy answers it’s something we need to work through together," Dr. Aleksandar Tomic says.

One problem is keeping people in Middle Georgia. Tomic says many choose to live in larger cities. He adds a big attraction is the region’s colleges, which are tremendous resources to educate the workforce.

Other key facts in the report state unemployment is dropping and the industry is growing in several areas, such as construction, mining, and logging but there’s a decline in agriculture.



Leaders who attended the luncheon at the Macon Centreplex hope the outlook will guide their businesses to success.

"I was very interested and excited about them kind of giving a plug for the film industry and how that is affecting Middle Georgia especially for us and how we promote Macon to visitors," Valerie Bradley, Director of Communications at Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

"To structure our workforce, know what there needs are within the economic environment, to be able to address those within our company’s and within our endeavors in this community," Businessman Terry Smith said.

To view the full University of Georgia 2015 Economic Outlook visit click here.