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Summit on Ga. 400 is today
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Forsyth County News

If you go

• What: 2012 Georgia 400 Summit

• When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today

• Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road

• Cost: $30 for members of the Cumming-Forsyth County, Dahlonega-Lumpkin or Dawson County chambers of commerce; $35 for non-members

• For more information, visit www.cummingforsythchamber.org.

There’s still time to attend a discussion on the future of Ga. 400.

At 11:30 this morning in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2012 Georgia 400 Summit.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Dawson and Dahlonega-Lumpkin chambers, and business representatives and residents from all three counties are welcome to attend.

Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development at the local chamber, said about 100 people have pre-registered. Others will be accepted at the door.

Toussaint said the meeting will provide the chance for members of all three counties to learn more about the highway and possible ways to improve it.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our region to discuss Ga. 400 and the impact that it has upon our collective communities,” he said. “There is perhaps no greater corridor that has a more significant economic impact upon the collective economies of our shared communities.”

There will be a chance for some audience feedback, but mostly the event will offer a panel discussion from leaders of several state roadway authorities.

Panelists include: Rudy Bowen, chairman of the State Transportation Board of Georgia; Emily Dunn, District 9 representative on the transportation board; Todd Long, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation; and Gena Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority.

James McCoy, president and CEO of the local chamber, has said topics panelists likely will discuss are congestion and possible ways to improve the highway, such as the proposed 1-cent regional transportation sales and use tax.

If approved by voters on July 31, the tax could be used to fund hundreds of transportation projects around the state, including some 150 in metro Atlanta.

Cost to attend the meeting, which includes lunch, is $30 for members of any of the three chambers, or $35 for non-members.