Open for Business

Guest Column by U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga-10)

Washington, D.C. – Over the past few years, the State of Georgia has distinguished itself as a powerhouse for business with its growth of its manufacturing, film, and tourism industries. Among others, these trades are spurring our economy and enriching our cities and local neighborhoods.

For example, Georgia has consistently snagged top spots in CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings. The 10th District’s very own Newton County is home to the Three Ring Studios, which is on its way toward becoming a one-stop-shop for production crews filming in and around the Atlanta metro area. Caterpillar’s Athens facility won Governor Nathan Deal’s 2016 Manufacturer of the Year Award for its dedication to excellence and contributions to the State’s booming economy. On top of that, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc., located in Monroe, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and, in the past three years alone, has doubled its workforce to provide more than 600 jobs in our region. Clearly, the 10th District is on the rise and open for business.

However, this success also relies on ensuring that community talent has the chance to meet and interact with these developing businesses and industries. That’s why I’m collaborating with the economic development offices of four local counties – Newton, Morgan, Jasper, and Walton – to bring world-class employers directly to the people at our Regional Job Fair on September 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Newton County Campus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. (The campus is located at 16200 Alcovy Road in Covington.

Creating an environment that leads to more openings for job seekers, this fair will feature over 50 job creators in the fields of bio and life sciences and advanced and process manufacturing as well as the film, tourism, and service sectors. While I will continue advancing pro-growth policies in Washington, I’m also eager to engage with community partners to help foster opportunities for everyday Georgians. It’s been a long, hard road to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, but we are making strides toward restoring the health and vitality of our local industries.

I wholeheartedly believe that the 10th District is a special place, and I’m particularly proud of the community, the people, and all that we’ve been able to achieve together. Whether you are looking for a fresh start or just beginning a career, we must continue with workforce development opportunities like these to help build and further improve our community. More can always be done to ensure a strong and enduring economy, and I look forward to working with local and national leaders to accomplish just that.

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.10) Contributed photo

Congressman Jody Hice represents Georgia’s 10th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. For the latest information on the 2017 Regional Job Fair, visit and follow Newton County Office of Economic Development and Congressman Hice on social media.

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