VALDOSTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue will travel to 14 Georgia cities next week, and Moody Air Force Base will be one of his scheduled visits.

Perdue will unveil portions of his legislative agenda and budget recommendations during his four-day tour. Perdue will outlay his midyear budget recommendations to legislators on Monday, and Tuesday, he will travel to Macon, LaGrange and Columbus. Wednesday's schedule includes Rome, Chickamauga, Crandall and Toccoa.

Thursday's visits will be Watkinsville, Augusta and Savannah. The governor will complete his tour on Friday with visits to Albany, Waycross, Moody and Thomasville. This will be Perdue's first visit to Moody since he took office as governor.

The governor's visit to the base will consist of a "windshield" tour with a scheduled press conference. His visit is expected to bring him up to speed as far as Moody and Valdosta are concerned, said Tim Carroll, chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber Commerce's Military Affairs Committee.

Carroll was recently sworn in as a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and serves as a Community Action Group leader.

Perdue's visit will come at a time when Georgia's bases are preparing for a 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure. Touring the base will help the governor associate faces with Moody. "It's not just an issue -- it's people," Carroll said.

Parker Greene, executive director of the Moody Support Committee since 1991, is also on the governor's board of directors for the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee. He said Perdue wants to eyeball Moody and see what the base has to offer the Air Force and Valdosta. "There is no downside to this visit," Greene said.



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