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August 22, 2013

Smiddy shares insight on road work, job retention

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He said to advance with the project, he is going to continue the work he’s done to push the state to keep the promises it has made.

“We need to live up to those promises,” Smiddy said. “I’ll make sure that we do.”

Other issues visitors brought up Wednesday included what the future holds for small-town business in Fulton.

“The perfect storm of Baby Boomers are soon retiring and that could be detrimental to a little community like ours,” Fulton resident Lisa McCarthy said. “How can we encourage young entrepreneurs to want to take over those businesses?”

Smiddy said he and other legislators are working to develop programs through community colleges and high schools, that give students opportunities for internships in the work field.

He also said his work with job creation in the district will play an integral role in keeping young graduates in the area because of good-paying jobs.

“We need a 5-, 10-, 15-year plan in place to sustain this area,” Smiddy said. “That’s what we are working on.”

Smiddy felt positive about his visit to Fulton, thanked the group for its continued support and said if residents in his district ever need anything from him, his office is always open.

“Anything you need from us, we are always there to help you,” Smiddy said.

To show his support for the community and his dedication to helping his district thrive, Smiddy surprised the Fulton Chamber of Commerce with a $125 sponsorship for the Fall Festival Celebration on Oct. 5 in downtown Fulton.

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