U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson speaks with Governor Brian Kemp (right) at Friday morning’s Fayette Chamber of Commerce meeting. (Photo by John Thompson)

Before a packed house at Hanna Brothers near Pinewood Forest, Gov. Brian Kemp touted the success of his first legislative session.

“It’s a great time to be a Georgian,” Kemp told the enthusiastic crowd at Friday morning’s Fayette Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Kemp said the state continues to be a hub for job growth, and pointed to the state’s AAA bond rating as one of the reasons for the continued growth.

He cited the raise for educators approved in the General Assembly, and maintained his administration will continue to focus on education as one of many key items to work on with the legislators.

“I want to make sure that we continue to put people ahead of policy,” Kemp said.

He also said the state has formed a new gang task force to deal with a crime problem that is occurring in several areas around the state.

He also said that his Georgians First Commission is already getting busy in its first year.

According to the governor’s press office, the commission will review state regulations, policies, and procedures to streamline government, remove inefficiencies, and secure Georgia’s place as the top state for small business in the country.

“These hardworking Georgians know firsthand the difficulties that small businesses face in getting started, expanding operations, and investing more in our state,” said Governor Kemp. “I look forward to working with them to cut government red tape, slash regulations, spur innovation, and ultimately make Georgia the top state for small business in the country.”