Governor Nathan Deal believes he has the answer on how to bring jobs to Middle Georgia.
On Thursday the Governor met with dozens of local leaders to talk about making this area a competitive playing field for job growth.
Even with Middle Georgia's unemployment rate hovering in the double digits more than 1,400 jobs have been added to the area in the past year.
Economic developers from all over the Middle Georgia area took the time to learn how to attract and keep businesses.
"We're in tougher financial positions here in Middle Georgia than maybe some other places in our great state, but we're going to have to figure out ways of doing what's necessary to close some of those deals," says Mike Dyer, Chairman of the Macon Economic Development Commission.
For the last 6 months Governor Nathan Deal has been in control of the state, and its billion dollar deficit.
Deal says in order to come out of that financial hole the state needs to work together.
"Sometimes you put aside some of your personal localized preferences for projects but hopefully you'll come up with projects that do have regional significance that helps everybody in the process," says Deal.
Deal also says Middle Georgia needs to look into "green" businesses because that industry is booming.
"We're seeing manufactures of windmill, turbines, of solar panels coming to the state of Georgia, "says Deal.
Deal says there is a silver lining to a nationwide bad economy. "What we are benefiting from is other states who have not been as responsible in their own economic areas. We're very blessed I think to have a lot of things going for us in the State of Georgia," says Deal.