The project’s cost has not been determined because of an ongoing feasibility study.
The push for the project comes as Henry, the second-fastest growing county in metro Atlanta, looks for ways to diversify its tax base. The county has become a logistics and warehousing powerhouse over the past two decades, but leaders want to attract corporate headquarters and white collar jobs.
Building out a convention center surrounded by offices, hotels and entertainment could provide that employment mix, backers of the convention center said.
“We would like to see Henry County kind of mimic the Perimeter area around I-285 with Class A office development,” Holmes said.
Commissioner Dee Clemmons said locating the project near the intersection of two major interstates will also boost visitation to Henry and promote tourism spending south of Atlanta.
“The I-75 corridor is a major thoroughfare for the snowbirds,” she said. “This will become a destination center for them to stop, rest and restore along their journey. They will spend money in our community that will benefit us all.”
Commissioner Vivian Thomas said it all boils down to jobs.
“A convention and arena center, inclusive of an entertainment venue, means jobs,” she said. “Upscale dining and accommodations? Jobs. Innovative office space and fashionable shopping? Jobs.”