Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chamber Urges Citizens to Share Opinions about Conference Center

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the City of Newnan Convention Center Authority, is encouraging citizens to weigh in on the need and feasibility of constructing a new conference center in the city. All citizens of Newnan and Coweta County are urged to fill out a Conference Center Survey online at before the deadline of July 7. Paper surveys are also available at the Chamber headquarters at 23 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

"While the prospect of a new conference center is exciting in terms of economic development for our city and county, we want to make sure we explore the issue thoroughly and get an accurate take on the potential demand for its services and community concerns before we take the plunge," says Candace LaForge, president of the Chamber.

In addition to the community survey, the Convention Center Authority has engaged PFK Consulting in Atlanta to conduct a feasibility study that will help measure demand and desirability for a conference center. The study will also deliver recommendations for the best size, location and configuration of a local facility to ensure that it is financially profitable and
self-sustaining. The Chamber has also hosted a series of focus group discussions about the potential project.

"We'll be hearing the results of our consultant's work and the focus groups next month, so it's important that we have the input from our community members by that time as well," says LaForge. "It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, and I hope everyone will take the time to share their valuable opinions with us before July 7th."

To learn more about the survey, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

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