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Panel Urges Investment in Georgia's Traditional Resource Based Industries

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A panel of industry representatives, meeting in Macon, Ga., on  Oct. 28, urged the Georgia Study Commission on Science and Technology to recognize the strategic value of Georgia's unique resources and the industries that develop their economic potential, and to create a welcoming environment for venture capital investments and job creation.

The panelists included representatives of firms engaged in forest products, mining and biomass technology. Speaking at one of a series of Commission field hearings on developing a plan to enhance science and technology in Georgia, the Traditional Industries in Technology Growth panel called attention to the importance of maintaining and nurturing existing industries, on which rural communities depend, and in which technologies are developing innovative products to compete in world markets.

The panelists also stressed the need for a high-level forum to develop priorities for research and development and the encouragement of new business investment.

Further details on the panel's recommedations and the work of the commission are available on the TAPPI homepage.


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