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POSTED: March 21, 2013 3:30 p.m.
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Georgia Downtown Association partners, downtown professionals, board members and local elected officials pose for a photo with Gov. Nathan Deal on March 12 during Downtown Development Day at the Capitol.

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The Georgia Downtown Association hosted its annual Downtown Development Day at the state Capitol on March 12.
Approximately 35 downtown professionals, board members, local elected officials and GDA partners participated in the event, including Hinesville Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Vicki Davis, who serves on the GDA’s board of directors, and HDDA board Chairwoman Melissa Carter-Ray.
During breakfast, the group heard from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Rep. Allen Peake, Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty and Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Homer Bryson. Georgia Municipal Association Deputy Executive Director Paul Radford provided an update on the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act, and Billy Peppers, special assistant with the Department of Community Affairs, reported from the Office of Downtown Development. Other special guests included Rep. Dan Gasaway and Sen. Tyler Harper.
 At the conclusion of the breakfast, the GDA delegation posed for a group photo with Gov. Nathan Deal on the steps of the Capitol. After the governor offered a few words, the group made its way to the Senate gallery to hear Sen. John Wilkinson recognize the GDA and Georgia’s downtowns.
The GDA provided each House and Senate member with a pocket-sized writing pad bearing the GDA logo. Many in the GDA delegation scheduled follow-up meetings with their local lawmakers to stress the importance of Georgia’s downtowns to the state’s economy. GDA Vice President and Legislative Committee Chairman Tommy Lowmon organized this year’s event.

 

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