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Cordele officials considering tourism funds

Cordele officials are looking in to the best way to optimize tourism funds. Cordele officials are looking in to the best way to optimize tourism funds.
Cordele City Manager Edward Beach Cordele City Manager Edward Beach
Greg Turton (right) Greg Turton (right)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

The Cordele City Commission postponed a vote on whether to take hundreds of thousands of dollars away from the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The Chamber has been in control of the tourism money since 1993, getting more than $220 thousand a year and has more than $400 thousand in the bank to spend at the discretion of a tourism board.

The city is considering taking control of all of that money.

"We just want to maximize our money and the use of the money for tourism to promote that because it is such a leading economic impact in the state of Georgia," said Edward Beach the Cordele city manager.

"It has worked being under the chamber. It's a great way to have it. It's worked for the community; it's worked for the hotel owners and tourism in Cordele. And it needs to stay under tourism," explained Greg Turton a hotel owner.

The city plans to conduct a study on the best ways to spend tourism money, it's unclear when a vote might be held.

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