Posted on April 16, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) has named U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to its eighth annual "Honor Roll of Legislative Achievement in Economic Development." "I appreciate this recognition," Alexander said. "I remember in my first year as governor, I went down to Memphis to try to persuade the International Harvester plant not to close. I got my picture in the paper, went back to Nashville, and the next day the plant closed. I realized if all I did as governor was go around having my picture made in front of plants that closed, I wasn't going to be worth much. "During the 1980s, Tennessee became the fastest growing state in family incomes, and by 1990, our incomes became 100 percent of the national average. I learned that we lose jobs every year in this country. The key to our success is whether we replace those jobs with better jobs. I am committed to supporting proposals in Congress to do that." Alexander is one of 119 legislators to receive this honor, which recognizes members of Congress who have consistently supported legislation to ensure the economic prosperity of a 17-state region. "These legislators have made economic development issues in the American South a priority," SEDC Chairman Pete Fullerton said. "Through their continued support of such issues we know our region and the U.S. will continue to be attractive for new investment." The SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. The SEDC region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland/DC, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.