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                                      H A L L C O U N T Y GEORGIA - USA

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                                                                              TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                     The economic impact of Hall County’s
                                                                                                                                                                  tourism industry recently reached a record
                                                                                                                                                                  high of $282.9 million, helped in part by the
                                                                                                                                                                  opening of Don Carter State Park in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                  and Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville in
                                                                                                                                                                  2015. The Lake Lanier Olympic Park had an
                                                                                                                                                                  area impact of $7.8 million for the 12 months
                                                                                                                                                                  ending May 2015, a figure expected to grow
                                                                                                                                                                  in 2016 with major events like the Pan Am
                                                                                                                                                                  Championship, the Continental Olympic
                                                                                                                                                                  Qualifier, the Dragon Boat Festival and the
                                                                                                                                                                  20th Anniversary of the Olympic Games. 	

                                                                                                                                                                     Other visitor attractions in Hall
                                                                                                                                                                  County include:

                                                                                                                                                                     • Lanier Islands Resort, a world-class 1,500-
                                                                                                                                                                     	 acre resort and conference center
                                                                                                                                                                     • 	Road Atlanta, a 2.54-mile International
                                                                                                                                                                     	 Grand Prix race course
                                                                                                                                                                     • 	Elachee Nature Science Center, a 1,500-	
                                                                                                                                                                  	 acre nature preserve with 13 miles of 		
                                                                                                                                                                  	 hiking and biking trails.
                                                                                                                                                                     • 	Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK),
                                                                                                                                                                     	 a hands-on children’s museum that is
                                                                                                                                                                     	 developing a new 50,000-square-foot space
                                                                                                                                                                     • 	A network of multi-purpose biking/
                                                                                                                                                                     	 walking/running trails that connect
                                                                                                                                                                     	 Gainesville’s Midtown Gateway to the
                                                                                                                                                                     	 University of North Georgia Gainesville
                                                                                                                                                                     	 campus and the Chicopee Woods
                                                                                                                                                                     	 conservation area

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