It was an honor to host two keynote speakers at this year’s event. First, U.S. Senator David Perdue gave guests updates from Washington D.C. on trade, technology, and infrastructure as well as encouraged continued free enterprise efforts. Next, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao spoke on how the U.S. Department of Transportation is reducing costs, promoting new innovation in transportation, and making it easier to build and repair infrastructure without compromising safety or the environment.
“Georgia has been named the best state in the country in which to do business for six straight years. That did not happen by accident,” said Senator Perdue. “We have a tax structure that encourages capital investment, a regulatory environment that allows for innovation and risk-taking, and a state government that funds its operation on time.”
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao stated, “The Department is helping to foster a climate of growth by enabling the exciting wave of innovation sweeping through transportation. Innovations, in transportation and other arenas, are still driving growth and give us hope for a better future.”
For the second year in a row, free breakout sessions sponsored by Cox Enterprises immediately followed the luncheon. Congressman Rick Allen sat down with Cox Enterprises’ Eden Doniger to address growing concerns of major data breaches and best practices when it comes to cyber defense. Congressmen Buddy Carter and Drew Ferguson dually took on the issue of infrastructure – explaining how Georgia businesses move their products throughout the state. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about the economic impact that the two topics have on Georgia and were given an insider’s perspective on what to expect in upcoming discussions in Washington.
“For over 100 years, the Georgia Chamber has worked with state and federal leaders to help ensure the vitality of our state’s economy and communities. We are especially proud of the work our Congressional Delegation undertakes each day to help strengthen Georgia’s brand in the global marketplace,” said Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “It is critical to have elected officials who will make economic prosperity and competitiveness a top priority for Georgia.”
The Georgia Chamber is grateful to all sponsors, speakers, and attendees for making the 2019 Congressional Luncheon a success!