UGA experts share Georgia's economic forecast during Columbus luncheon
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - University of Georgia experts predict another good year for Georgia's economy.
The economic forecast from the Terry College of Business was delivered Thursday afternoon at the Georgia Economic Luncheon.
The annual event took place at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
According to Terry College Dean Benjamin C. Ayers, the main factors that contributed to the growth over the last few years will continue to do so in 2018.
Some of the fastest growing jobs in the new year look to be in construction, health, and education services. Jobs related to leisure activities could also see growth.
"Anything that gets people outdoors is a really great industry to look into. We are expanding with the Chattahoochee River in this area. There is a lot with getting people outside," says Alexandra Fulmer from the Terry School of Business UGA.
Fort Benning continues to be the biggest economic engine for the Columbus area with the expansion of soldiers planned for 2018. The film industry in Georgia is another source of job opportunities.
Film production in the state is projected to generate $9 billion this year.