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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan discusses importance of technology in visit to Lanier Technical College
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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan speaks at the Business and Education event Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at Lanier Technical College in Gainesville.

Speaking at Lanier Technical College Monday, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said that “every single business and every single industry is a technology company at heart,” and he believes Georgia has the potential to be the technology capital of the east coast.

The Business and Education Summit event Monday focused on workforce development and brought businesses and educators together to discuss how to prepare students for their careers. 

One step toward becoming the east coast’s technology capital is “creating an ecosystem of talent,” Duncan said Tuesday to the crowd at Lanier Tech, which included several educators from college and career academies.

“You all are part of developing that next generation,” he said. “If we do this right, if we continue to create an ecosystem of talent, we’ll continue to see inflows of invested dollars. … You are woven in the fabric of executing that dream.”

Duncan said he has three sons enrolled in Forsyth County schools and wants the next generation to view Georgia as the best option to continue their careers.

“I want them to graduate and it be impossible for them to think it’s a good idea to leave Georgia,” he said. “I want them to be able, regardless of what their career path is, regardless of what their dreams are, I want those dreams to be easily accomplished here in Georgia.”

Duncan said legislation like Senate Bill 108, which went into effect July 1, is helping prepare students, but he plans to continue to make technology a priority. That law mandates computer science courses for middle and high school students and provides professional development grants for teachers. 

The Georgia General Assembly legislative session begins Jan. 13.