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Rep. Tom Graves Meets with Northwest Georgia Leaders to Discuss Economic Development


Rep. Tom Graves meets with Northwest Georgia leaders

in Washington, D.C., October 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) met with Northwest Georgia leaders in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss their work promoting economic development in the region, specifically strengthening the flooring industry. Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, along with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, helped organize the group of leaders and facilitate their efforts.

Their work is already paying off. Together, the groups formed an organization called Floor360, which was recently awarded a highly competitive designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce called Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). This designation supports job creation and manufacturing through transformative economic development strategies that are designed to make communities throughout America more competitive globally.

Rep. Graves, who hosted the meeting in the U.S. Capitol building, said, “Northwest Georgia has a rich history of manufacturing and trade, which was severely damaged during the recession. It was inspiring to meet with community leaders and hear how they included the history of the flooring industry in their plans to bring this sector back to life.”

 “Investments and partnerships such as these help our communities grow and thrive,” Rep. Graves continued. “I am excited about the work that Georgia Tech is doing in partnership with Northwest Georgia leaders, and I look forward to seeing how this improves the quality of life in our communities.”