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Downtown Businesses Come Up With a Plan

August 21, 2007

Albany - - Downtown business owners come together to try to repair the long relationship between Albany and Quail Unlimited and make sure the group continues to give the city a major economic boost every year. 

For the last 20 years, Albany has hosted Quail Unlimited's Annual Celebrity Hunt.

Monday night, we told you the group may leave South Georgia because of drastic rental fee increases at the Albany Civic Center.

Tuesday, members of the Downtown Merchant's Association announced they'll host several events to raise money to help offset the cost increases. 

"All were trying to do is put some money on the table to try to get that gap so close that the deal will be made," says Phil Cannon.

Cannon says a single event can raise a few thousand dollars, money that could help Quail Hunt organizers afford to stay in Albany.

The three day event brings sports, music, and television stars to South Georgia to quail hunt and has up to a million dollar impact on the area's economy every year.

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