by Guerry Norwood


Our Hodnett Cooper real estate agents got a personal tour of the new Jekyll Island Convention Center today. The new convention center opened at end of May with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Nathan Deal. The 128,000-square foot Jekyll Island Convention Center had been in planning for more than four years. Construction on the center began in 2010, and was completed several months ahead of schedule and under the planned $50 million budget.

Already, the center has garnered extensive praise from convention planners and state officials. More than 200 conventions are booked through 2016, which will have a resulting economic impact of more than $40 million on Georgia’s economy and also generate increased tourism for Jekyll Island. The positive impact on tourism is already being seen in an uptick in revenues by hotels in the area, as businesses across the Southeast become more aware of all that Jekyll Island offers. This trend is expected to continue and even accelerate.

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