Gov. Bentley Stops In Greenville for Economic Recovery Tour
Governor Robert Bentley is continuing his "Road to Economic Recovery Tour." He's been doing this for months now -- visiting different communities throughout the state. And today's stop? Greenville.
"Listen. That's what it is. This is a listening tour," Said Bentley.
The Camellia City welcomed Governor Bentley, as he spent the day visiting several local business owners, including owner of Hidden Treasures antique store, Robbie Bullard. He says they're a family-owned business that opened in January... and it's been successful ever since. But Bullard never imagined the hard work would bring Governor Bentley into his own store.
"It feels good that he's coming to see this store. You know, recognize small business, especially a flea market type business. It feels good to have someone like that check us out and see what we're made of, what we sell and what we do," Said Bullard.
Governor Bentley says he's speaking to residents, local leaders and business owners to learn how the state needs to move forward with economic growth.
Other local businesses also shared their success stories, while telling the governor what they need to continue growing. And that's exactly what Bentley says he's focusing on: revitalizing the state's economy through job creation.
"The main thing we're trying to do is create jobs in the state," Said Bentley. "And we're doing that by visiting small businesses and to see what the chamber needs there. They're usually more interested in promoting business than any organization."
And more jobs is on the top of the list for local resident, Candice Nichols.
"The more local people that we can have in small businesses, it helps boost Butler County's employment. And I think that's a very important thing. It's for us to have small businesses and create more jobs."
According to figures from the Alabama Department of Commerce, nearly 25 thousand future jobs have been announced since Governor Bentley took office.
Some of those new jobs will include adding a third shift at Hyudai's Hope Hull plant, a new hospital equipment company, Steris Coorporation, located in Montgomery, as well as Airbus coming to Mobile.