State of the State: Georgia, Iowa

By January 14, 2010Around the States, Energy

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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