Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia gave his final State of the State address Wednesday and did not mention the words “manufacturing” or “industry” or its variants. The Republican struck a more historical, philosophical tone — citing DeToqueville, for instance — rather than the usual programmatic one.
In Iowa, Democratic Gov. Chet Culver gave his 2010 “Condition of the State Address” on Tuesday. Here is his sole reference to industry:
I am proud of the fact that we have been able to bring to Iowa nearly 3,500 new good-paying jobs at companies like Google in Council Bluffs, Aviva in West Des Moines and IBM in Dubuque. These exciting projects are just the tip of the iceberg: Since 2007, private industry has brought more than 7 billion dollars in new capital investment to Iowa.
Our business climate – even during this difficult recession – continues to outperform our neighbors, putting us on a clear path to recovery. So, in an effort to make sure we continue to do all we can to keep Iowa moving forward, and to prepare our state for a bright economic future, I will be joining the Lt. Governor to embark on an Iowa jobs tour, to help build a better economic future.
And speaking of the future, let’s talk about building the green-collar economy of tomorrow.
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