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Tifton council spends day at ABAC

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Tifton City Council members took their meeting on the road Monday, holding it on the ABAC campus, as a show of the city's support for the college.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College leaders showed off renovations of Tift Hall to some special visitors. "We have conversations with member of the city council and invited them to come visit with us tonight," said President David Bridges.

The city council, students and members of the public toured historic Tift Hall right before the council meeting. The building closed in 2007 for renovations and re-opened in 2012.

"We concentrate in the history of Tifton as well as ABAC. Captain Tift really made an impact on making sure the second district A&M school came to Tifton. There was a bidding war with four other cities," said Mike Chason.

For many council members, it's their first time seeing the new building and College officials says it's important to share the history with the community.

"The community was very involved in bringing the college here, the land was donated by community citizens, the money was donated by community citizens so we had a very tight connection with our community," said President David Bridges.

ABAC received funding from the state to renovate this building and two other buildings on campus to keep the college's rich history alive.

'It's really made a difference in the image of ABAC, our enrollments been up the last two years," said Mike Chason.

"We are really the only college in south Georgia that has grown the last two years." said President David Bridges.

ABAC opened in 1908, and now has more than three thousand students.

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