Gov. Lee stresses importance of investing in education while speaking in Memphis

WATCH: Gov. Lee stresses importance of investing in education while speaking in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — How do you think Tennessee’s economy is doing? Governor Bill Lee said it’s strong.

That was his message as he stressed the importance of investing into education during a speech at the University Club in Memphis.

Governor Lee said the way to expand the economy in Shelby County is to invest in the educational system and in workforce development.

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That’s what he told members of the Economic Club of Memphis this afternoon.

He spoke about the governors investment vocational education act.

He said when you teach skills that will help people prepare to fill the jobs of the future, that brings in more dollars locally.

“We attract business, we enhance our environment for starting up small businesses. We are the number one state in the country for small business. We just need to have young people equipped with the skills necessary to start those businesses or to work on them."

FOX13 also asked the governor about the state surplus of $100 million going into communities. We wanted to know how much of that money is coming to Southwest Tennessee.

He said it’s based on population, but it’s too early to know exactly.