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THE MUSINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT

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Location: Douglas, Coffee Co., The Other Georgia, United States

Sid in his law office where he sits when meeting with clients. Observant eyes will notice the statuette of one of Sid's favorite Democrats.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Other Georgia will be well represented in the Georgia trade delegation en route to China.

The political spin on this story is that Gov. Perdue will be absent during this final, hectic and dangerous week of the Legislature.

The local spin on this story is that I am proud to share with my readers that my good friend JoAnne Lewis is among the 40 state business leaders accompanying Gov. Perdue to China.

JoAnne Lewis is Executive Director of one of my favorite clients, the Douglas-Coffee County Economic Development Authority, and she will represent Douglas and Coffee County and the rest of the Other Georgia well in China.

From the AJC:

This is the week that Georgia rolls out the red carpet for the People's Republic of China, a Communist country with a roaring free-market economy that could mean big bucks for metro Atlanta and the entire Southeast.

A high-profile trade delegation that includes Gov. Sonny Perdue and about 40 state business leaders leaves for China today aboard Delta Air Lines' inaugural nonstop flight from Atlanta to Shanghai, China's booming business center and the Asian equivalent of New York City.

The trip is historic for several reasons. It is Delta's first nonstop flight to China in the airline's 79-year history. It is the only nonstop flight to China from the Southeast, and one of just a handful in the nation. Georgia will open an economic development office in China during the weeklong visit. And the trade-diplomatic mission could accelerate the push to locate a Chinese consulate in metro Atlanta, where 50,000 Chinese live.

"It will be the most important trade mission we do," said Ken Stewart, state Commissioner of Economic Development and one of the trip delegates.

"We're basically debuting Georgia in China."

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