Governor Bentley was in town Thursday afternoon as part of his "Road to Economic Recovery" tour.
He says the purpose of the tour is to visit communities and discuss local economic conditions and state-level efforts to attract more jobs to the state.
He visited Russell County, which reported an 8.5% unemployment rate in June, and gave his plan to help with job growth.
Bentley said two factors are important for attracting jobs to our area, the first being getting suppliers to come to the area.
"Suppliers coming into this area are very important and usually you'll get Tier 1 or Tier 2 suppliers and that's what we try to recruit and you want your local economic developers and your local elected officials to spearhead that, but we on the state-level can help that with incentives and help put together packages that will try to get companies to come to this area," says Bentley.
The other factor is workforce development and education. He says working with the K-12 program, improving 2-year programs, and the new Troy University campus being built in Phenix City will be ways to bring more jobs into the area.
Bentley says in the past, he hasn't spent much time in Russell County and Phenix City and it's great to come and listen to what the community's needs are.
"I do see one thing that's really important in this city and that's the river," says Bentley. "If you have a river, you need to take advantage of and develop it and that's exactly what's happening here in Phenix City and we need to continue to do that."
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