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Plains visitor center survives budget cuts

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

PLAINS, GA (WALB) - A little-known state law kept the Georgia Welcome Center in Plains from becoming a victim to budget cuts.

The visitor center covered in Jimmy Carter memorabilia was set to shut down after Governor Sonny Perdue cut six and half million dollars from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

But a Georgia law states that any town that produces a president must have a visitor center. Plains is the hometown of the 39th president Jimmy Carter

It cost the state $189,000 to maintain the visitor center last year. It is the least-visited of Georgia's 11 state-run visitor's centers, attracting 65,000 people last year.

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