As the Chamber’s official statewide prosperity agenda, the “8 for 18” priorities address eight of the state’s most pressing economic issues. The initiative proposes areas of focus to improve the quality of life and business climate across the state. With the Primary Election less than 2 months away, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued its eight-question Statewide Candidate Assessment to Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor candidates. Responses from participating candidates have been collected and are now available on the 8 for 18 website.

The “8 for 18” initiative serves as a legislative strategy to promote economic prosperity. The initiative is an educational platform that seeks to inform political candidates and voters on issues critical to Georgia’s business community. The platform provides invaluable insight and offers legislative solutions for the following priorities:

  • Business climate
  • Infrastructure
  • Prosperity & Diversity
  • Workforce
  • Trade& Commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Rural Georgia
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Georgia Chamber’s statewide prosperity agenda provides an increased opportunity to promote pro-business policies that advance job growth and economic competitiveness. As the future of our state’s economy is impacted directly by the priorities included in the “8 for 18” initiative, the Chamber is dedicated to working with political candidates for the development and implementation of policies that encourage economic development. The Georgia Chamber is a nonpartisan organization and represents the interests of businesses across all industry sectors. As the state’s largest business advocate, the Chamber encourages voter education and engagement.

Candidate responses and additional information about the “8 for 18” initiative can be found on the official website, at Follow the Georgia Chamber on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to receive the most up-to-date news about “8 for 18.”

For questions about candidate participation contact Kyle Jackson at, Chelsey Ruppersburg at, or Alex Coffey at For media inquires please contact Kerry Kerr Tressler at, or Neisha McGee at

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