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Simon Says: Leisure and hospitality jobs sluggish, but hotels thrive

Dr. Simon Medcalfe, AU Economics Professor Boosted by the Masters Tournament, employment in the leisure and hospitality sector increased by 500 in April to stand at 27,000 in the Augusta Metropolitan Area. However, this was the lowest April total since 2014. Between 2014 and 2019, employment increased on average by 3,700 jobs between March and April. The…

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Summit on Georgia’s outdoor recreation business opportunities to be held in Augusta

Economic development and improved community health are the goals of the 2022 Georgia Outdoor Recreation and Trail Summit to be held at the Augusta Convention Center on May 15-16. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 58 percent of Georgians participate in outdoor activities. Georgia’s outdoor recreation generates $27.3 billion in consumer spending and creates 238,000 jobs. The…

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Local CVB director discusses paddling, glamping and attracting visitors

Kayaking to an island of goats and donkeys and camping in an air-conditioned tent with a coffeemaker sound like exotic destination spots. But both can be found within Columbia County. Shelly Blackburn, executive director of the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the county’s destination marketing agency, spoke to a group of local real estate agents…

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