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Past, future conferences bringing tourism dollars to Douglasville
by Tom Spigolon
October 09, 2013 11:34 AM | 1817 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>Central Pipe and Supply was among companies and organizations which used the downtown conference center for events recently.
Special Photo
Central Pipe and Supply was among companies and organizations which used the downtown conference center for events recently.
Douglasville’s downtown conference center will host more than 100 city and county administrators in a major statewide conference this month – the result of city officials’ recent successful efforts to attract such events.

The 2013 Georgia City-County Management Association Fall Conference will bring attendees from throughout Georgia, most of whom will stay overnight at area hotels and spend money at restaurants and retailers.

Douglasville Assistant City Manager Marcia Hampton said city officials have worked to bring out-of-town groups to the city in recent months.

“One of the things we have tried to do is bid on conferences,” she said.

Availability of the 10-month-old conference center facilities are allowing Douglasville to compete with such traditional conference host cities as Decatur and Marietta, Hampton noted.

Revenue from taxes on overnight stays at lodging facilities in Douglasville also are paying for the conference center’s construction.

City officials plan to show Fall Conference attendees its public safety and municipal court complex, as well as offer tee times at West Pines Golf Club. Attendees also will participate in a sampling of local restaurants and a dessert reception on O’Neal Plaza – allowing the city to show off Douglasville’s downtown revitalization efforts.

The Oct. 23 to 25 event will feature “educational seminars and exhibitors with information and services necessary to run a local government,” according to information from the city.

The city also saw its golf facilities used as part of four meetings and conferences at the downtown center last week. About 260 participants in organizations ranging from The Georgia Center For Nonprofits to Waffle House Inc. and Central Pipe & Supply filled the center Thursday.

Future conferences planned at the downtown conference center include the Main Street Institute of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which will bring about 250 people to Douglasville in February, Hampton said.

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