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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Chamber of Commerce is working to highlight cultural resources in the community.

Wednesday morning, directors of various cultural centers attended the Albany city commission meeting with chamber President Catherine Glover. She touted institutions like the Flint Riverquarium, Thronateeska, Chehaw and the Arts Council.

She says the total economic impact of cultural resources is close to 24 million dollars. Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors says it's a quality of life issue.

He said, "It is a very important part of both retaining business and bringing new businesses into the community and so we want to put those numbers. A lot of times, we don't think about the numbers or talk about the direct impact, but it is a huge economic impact on our community, the organizations themselves provide in addition to the tourists and what we provide for the community as a whole."

In addition to bringing in tourism dollars, cultural organizations also provide many jobs in the community.

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