Valdosta Daily Times

May 24, 2013

Lt. Gov. visits Valdosta

Cagle speaks at Chamber Small Business Breakfast

Jason Schaefer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA —  Lt. Governor Casey Cagle delivered a message of optimism and preference for prudent investments for Valdosta and Lowndes County Thursday morning, which he is confident will pull Georgia out of recession, build jobs and launch Valdosta into a new business heyday.

Cagle paid a visit to the James H. Rainwater Conference Center for the Small Business Breakfast hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. In his keynote speech, Cagle provided advice to small business owners in South Georgia as well as his economic projections from Atlanta, but he came to the podium humbly.

"I wish I was as good as he said I am," Cagle said of Sen. Tim Golden's introduction. "He's a go-to person. No one fights harder for this community than Tim Golden."

Cagle called Atlanta "certainly the capital of the South," referencing the city's airport, the largest in the world, which he said fuels the economy and gives Georgia "the opportunity for great prosperity."

"We didn't just get here by accident," he said.

The State of Georgia has cut $4 billion from its state spending budget, but Cagle sees this deflation of the government as a good thing, reducing its activities down to "essential services."

"The efficiencies we’ve gained have made us a better state," Cagle said. "That fiscal foundation will help propel us to greater prosperity."

While the economy is still in recession, Cagle has a more optimistic economic attitude, and believes the keys to success begin with a simple ethos—buy low, sell high.

Cagle announced the establishment of a new program with Golden, the Invest Georgia Fund, which allots $100 million to venture capital firms to draw more companies to Georgia.

"One of the challenges is education," said Cagle, who announced his support of the charter school system. "We want to create an entrepreneurial spirit in education. If we continue to build the intellect, those companies will continue to come here."

Lowndes County has "phenomenal opportunities," Cagle said, and he expects good things from the region as the economy continues to grow.