WALKER COUNTY HAS BEEN APPROVED TO RECEIVE 15-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A 150 ROOM HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER ATOP LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN.      

COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID "THIS WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC IMPACT… PROVIDING 250 JOBS AND ADDING SIGNIFICANT VALUE TO OUR TAX REVENUE BASE."
   

THE MONEY WILL COME FROM RECOVERY ZONE BONDS … MADE AVAILABLE BY THE STATE OF GEORGIA THROUGH STIMULUS FUNDING.   IT’S TARGETED TO HELP GET NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OFF THE GROUND IN A TOUGH ECONOMY.
   

LARRY BROOKS WITH COUNTY GOVERNMENT SAID "THIS MONEY IS SIMPLY PASSING THROUGH THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.  UNDER THE PLAN, NO COUNTY TAX DOLLARS ARE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP THE PROJECT."
   

THE CONFERENCE CENTER WILL BE BUILT NEXT TO THE SITE OF CANYON RIDGE GOLF COURSE ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN.  THE WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WILL CONTINUE WHAT HAS BEEN A TWO-YEAR DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS IN HOPES OF HOLDING AN ISSUANCE MEETING IN LATE NOVEMBER TO LOCK THE BONDS IN PLACE FOR THE PROJECT.     
   

AN UNVEILING OF PLANS FOR THE CONFERENCE CENTER IS SET FOR JANUARY.