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Governor signs hotel motel bill into law

Important legislation provides dedicated funding for Peachtree Greek Greenway

Post Date:05/09/2017 5:49 PM

Governor signs hotel motel tax bill into law
Important legislation provides dedicated funding for Peachtree Greek Greenway

Brookhaven, GA, May 9, 2017 – Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 575 into law on Monday, which aligns Brookhaven’s Hotel Motel Tax with other surrounding areas and dedicates funding for the Peachtree Creek Greenway (PCG) project.

“This legislation is an investment in several critical areas including the regional economy, alternative transportation, tourism and greenspace preservation,” said Governor Nathan Deal. 

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(From left) Don Bolia, Peachtree Government Relations Inc.; Jennifer Winkler, Peachtree Government Relations Inc.; Representative Elena Parent, Peachtree Creek Greenway Vice Chair, Sarah Kennedy; Ruby Kennedy, Peachtree Creek Greenway Supporter, Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor John Ernst, Representative Meagan Hanson, Peachtree Creek Greenway Chair Betsy Eggers;  Peachtree Creek Greenway Community Outreach Coordinator Michael Diaz

“This is a great day for the City of Brookhaven and for the state of Georgia,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.  “This allows us to move full steam ahead on the PCG project, which will connect Brookhaven’s portion of the 12.3-mile North Fork Peachtree Creek Trail project from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb to the PATH400 trail, the South Fork Conservancy Trails and the Atlanta Beltline.” 

“When finished, the PCG will be a tremendous asset for the Brookhaven community and the 11 hotels that accommodate its visitors. This new development speaks to the transition of more recreation/lifestyle tourism attractions. The Greenway will serve as a catalyst of new visitors, activities and accommodations throughout the region,” said James Tsismanakis, Executive Director of Discover DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Betsy Eggers, board chair for the Peachtree Creek Greenway, Inc., thanked local and state governments for their support for the vision. “We’re heartened by the commitment of the mayor and city council of Brookhaven, the tax-bill co-sponsors State Representatives Meagan Hanson, Scott Holcomb, and Mary Margaret Oliver and State Senators Fran Millar and Elena Parent. All levels of city and state government embrace this vision to connect people and places along the Peachtree Creek.”   

PCG is a High Performance Public Spaces (HPPS) initiative, similar to the Silver Comet Trail.  A recent engineering study estimates that for every $1 spent on the Silver Comet Trail expansion, Georgians received $4.64 in direct and indirect economic benefits. Another HPPS project, the Atlanta Beltline, generated $775 million in development within ½ mile of the Eastside Trail.


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