Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he hopes businesses looking for a getaway spot for corporate meetings or retreats will take another look at Jekyll Island now that construction is underway on the state park's new convention center.
Deal took a tour of the site, where the 128,000-square-foot center is halfway done, on Monday and said he can't wait to see the finished building.
The convention center is the centerpiece of $50 million in upgrades the state is funding on Jekyll Island in hopes of winning back tourists and convention groups that stopped coming over the years as the island's hotels and facilities grew musty and outdated.
Deal says he encourages Georgia businesses to "strongly consider" Jekyll's new convention center for out-of-town gatherings. It's scheduled to be completed in spring 2012.
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