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Perdue Makes G-8 Official

Perdue making the announcement at the Cloister. Perdue making the announcement at the Cloister.

Governor Sonny Perdue and hundreds of other state, local and community leaders were on Sea Island for the official announcement that next year's G-8 summit will be coming to Georgia. WTOC was there to hear what they had to say.

"Needless to say, we're thrilled and excited with this opportunity to showcase not only our community, but the state," said Bill Jones, CEO of the Sea Island Company. Jones first delivered the oft-repeated understatement as he welcomed Governor Sonny Perdue, who confirmed coastal Georgia will host the 2004 G8 Summit, next June.

"The President told us that he wanted some place where you could have a casual atmosphere of doing business, and I can't think of any better place than St. Simons-Sea Island to get that done," Perdue said.

Hundreds joined the governor for a first session in an 11-month-long process of getting ready to do well and leave a positive impression worldwide.

"This kind of publicity will be lasting for years and years," said Vernon Martin of the Coastal Georgia RDC. "That will of course draw people's interest to not only Sea Island and coastal Georgia, but the entire state."

Many expect a huge impact, all the way up and down the Georgia coast.

"It's going to give us a lot of sold-out nights and a lot of exposure for the City of Savannah, from the entire country and world," said Sheldon Fox of the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

"It's going to represent the same thing to Savannah, that same sort of thing that the Olympics did a few years ago," said the Savannah Hilton Desoto's Rod Musselman. "I think it's that big."

Governor Perdue says the federal government's picking up the sizeable tab for top-level security.

Reported by: Sonny Dixon,


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