Governors meet in Atlanta.

The Macon Telegraph has the story of an economic development forum sponsored by the Republican Governor’s Association. Gov. Perdue was joined by Blunt of Missouri, Gibbons of Nevada, Sanford of South Carolina as well as a number of business leaders.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and the governors of Nevada, South Carolina and Missouri met with big-business CEOs at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. They discussed economic development and an increasingly global economy but didn’t announce any new deals or policies.

George Israel, head of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a former Macon mayor, moderated the discussion, and attendees also heard from Sandy Baruah, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Collaborative approaches are the new model for development, because there’s a “growing realization” that American businesses and governments aren’t competing against each other for profits and jobs, but against “the other side of the world,” Baruah said.