Recap: Georgia Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Congressional Luncheon

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

On Tuesday, August 21st, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Congressional Luncheon at the Marriott City Center in Macon. With over 1,500 industry leaders and elected officials in attendance, gubernatorial candidates discussed issues surrounding economic prosperity and the state’s business climate.
“The Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon provides a one-of-a kind opportunity to facilitate productive conversations with our members of Congress. This year, we were honored to have our candidates for governor join us to share their plans for Georgia’s economic future,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “As we prepare for a new administration we must remain vigilant in our efforts to elect candidates who support policies that maintain our current growth and strengthen our economy.”
In their first appearance together since the primary and runoff elections, both candidates detailed their initiatives to create jobs, expand access to healthcare, advance rural development, and ensure small business success.
“It was a privilege to join the Georgia Chamber at their Congressional Luncheon to discuss my economic vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity and every family and business have the freedom and opportunity to succeed,” said former Minority Leader and Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams.
“It was an honor to be with the Georgia Chamber at their Congressional Luncheon to discuss my plan to ensure that all parts of our state - including rural Georgia - have opportunities to grow and thrive,” said Secretary of State and Republican nominee Brian Kemp.
Other special guests included Congressmen Rick Allen, Sanford Bishop, Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, and Jody Hice. Additionally, this year’s event featured breakout sessions, where members of Congress provided insight into issues regarding trade and defense.
The Georgia Chamber has engaged with each candidate through the Chamber’s “8for18” initiative which serves as an educational platform that seeks to inform political candidates and voters on issues critical to Georgia’s business community.