Tour to show off Columbus to out-of-town business leaders

Columbus will welcome 37 national and international business leaders this week as part of Georgia's 2008 Red Carpet Tour — meant to showcase the state as a possible place to do business.

The program has created 30,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment in Georgia since its inception 49 years ago.

Guests will be in the Columbus area from Thursday evening to Saturday morning.

Jay Alexander, president of Alexander Electric and chair of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce's portion of the tour, said they hope to show visitors the benefits of the Columbus region's public private partnership.

"We are excited to have the Red Carpet Tour back in Columbus," he said.

The last time the tour came through Columbus was in 2000.

The 49th annual Red Carpet Tour will kick of Wednesday in Atlanta. On Thursday, guests will head to Augusta for the Masters Golf Tournament. That evening, they'll arrive in Columbus and spend time at Callaway Gardens and Fort Benning. On Saturday, they'll head back to Augusta for the third round of the Masters.

Read more of this story in Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer.