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November 1--  Georgia continues its quest for international companies willing to bring new jobs to the state.

The state's Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce made a visit to Vidalia and told members of the Leadership Toombs-Montgomery class she's seeing reasons for cautious optimism.

"Our economic forecasters are telling us to be conservative.  This is not going to be a quick sprint out of this, but things are looking positive.  From my perspective of seeing companies which are interested in expanding or locating in Georgia, I am seeing that to be true," Gretchen Corbin said after a luncheon meeting with the class last Thursday at the Vidalia Community Center.

Corbin told the class there are as many at 57,000 jobs in the pipeline for Georgia and investments totalling more than $15 billion.

"We're seeing lots of new projects coming into Georgia.  In the last couple of weeks, Governor Deal was in Asia and announced 300 new jobs from a company in China.  What we are seeing is that domestic and overseas companies have been holding back and they are now ready to go and they are looking to expand new lines which will mean new jobs and investments for Georgia," she said.