Gov. Bentley Continues Road To Economic Tour To Covington Co.


By Catalina Trivino

Governor Robert Bentley takes his Road to Economic Recovery tour to Covington County.

In addition to touring multiple areas across the county, Governor Bentley met with residents, city leaders and business owners to talk about economic development efforts for Covington County.

Job creation and government efficiency efforts are what Governor Robert Bentley says his road to Economic Recovery Tour is all about. And this time, his stop brought him to Andalusia.

The tour began with a lunchtime visit at David's Catfish. Bentley met with citizens, local officials and businesses.

"I think it's so important that the Governor is visiting and the governor is out with the people. I mean, I'm the governor of the people, I don't want to be cooped up in Montgomery," Said Governor Bentley.

Lunch followed with a visit to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. That's where school officials took Bentley to see the Child Development and Emergency Medical Service programs. Bentley also got an inside look at the college's first dorm -- Saint's Hall.

College president, Herbert Riedel, says they've kept the state in mind during construction.

"One of the things that is really unique about this project is that it comes with a storm shelter for all the residents. And I think it just shows that we share the emphasis that the state has placed on safety and the face of severe weather, we've seen a program that the Governor just announced for safehouses across a number of counties," Said Riedel.

Bentley also visited Henderson Sewing Machines, one of eight companies in the state to receive a "Governor's Trade Excellence Award" for their success in exporting goods.

The Governor also met with members of the andalusia chamber of commerce to discuss economic development efforts.

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