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December 4, 2015

Governor Deal Address Transportation, Education in Keynote to Council for Quality Growth


Governor Nathan Deal today was the keynote speaker for the 30th anniversary annual meeting of the Council for Quality Growth (CFQG). The Governor spoke to a range of issues including transportation and education.

Specifically, he addressed the positive impacts of HB170:

“I think you’re going to be very, very pleased in the not-too-distant future, in the first week of the General Assembly session in January, when you see all of the projects that we are not only going to start but we’re going to be able to finish in record time,” He said. “Much of that is because we have the revenue generated by House Bill 170.”

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The Governor also spoke to the constitutional amendment allowing the state to intervene in failing schools.

“You don’t eat at a restaurant that has received an ‘F’ ” Deal said. “You certainly wouldn’t require your child to eat there. Yet, we require our children to feed their minds at these chronically failing schools. This constitutional amendment will give us an opportunity to change that.”

The issue goes before the voters next November.


In a press release leading up to the event, CFQG Chair Tim Lowe and President Michael Paris spoke to the organizations role shaping the metro region.


“The Council is now recognized as an essential partner in community, regional and statewide decision making because of the active involvement of our members,” said Tim Lowe, who is the Council’s 2015 Chairman and the Principal of Lowe Program Management. “This has enabled us to accomplish a tremendous amount over the past year.”

“As the Council for Quality Growth celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015, I can’t help but be proud of the role the organization has played in the region’s growth and success,” said Michael Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth. “While the Council has expanded what we do in breadth and depth over the years, we’ve stayed true to the organization’s original model to forge decisions on complicated and controversial growth issues in an effort to reach consensus and move forward productively.”

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