If Ed Gadrix had his way, allowing horse tracks and betting throughout Georgia would be the number one way to turn around our slumping economy.
"I think people realize that we have to do something about unemployment and budget shortfalls...this is a major way to address those issues," Gadrix explains.
He's talking about horse tracks. Gadrix is a lobbyist for the Georgia Equine Educational Project (G.E.E.P.). His group is trying to get state law makers to pass his legislation to allow race tracks and horse racing for the peach state.
"We're talking about bringing a billion dollar industry to Georgia, that creates between 10,000 to 20,000 jobs," Gadrix says.
Gadrix points out that the creation of jobs would extend beyond the physical locations of the tracks. He says most tracks would stay close to the larger metropolitan areas due to demand. However, smaller regions like middle Georgia, would still benefit in the profits.
Gadrix explains how the horses would be bred, trained, and raised in the more rural areas of the state. This would bring in jobs, buildings, and new farms to smaller towns and communities.