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August 12, 2005

Albany-- City leaders say big events at the Hilton Garden Inn are sure to have a huge economic impact here in Albany.

With atleast eight to ten major conferences lined up at the hotel within the next three months, city leaders say the new Hilton Garden Inn should bring lots of money to South Georgia. The Department of Labor will be bringing over 1,400 delegates to the Hilton. In the fall, Leadership Georgia will hold a class session and graduation. Albany Tomorrow's Tommy Chatmon says conventions like these will grow the market.

"Things are looking up right now. In fact, the group business as projected has been exceeded. We've exceeded the projections for the group business thus far so we're happy about that," says Chatmon.

Chatmon says the city has already seen an upward spike with other development in the downtown area since the announcement of the Hilton in 2003. He says the city should see more private investment based on the hotel opening.

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