Associated Press News Release
April 24, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia voters will decide this fall whether to give private developers a tax break for taking over the management of student housing.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed the referendum bill, which is a key element of the state university system's plan to partner with private developers for student housing.
Officials with the state's university system plan to package housing on nine campuses and begin taking bids from private developers. The chosen company would handle daily operations and have the option to do renovations or construction.
The initial phase could include up to 9,700 beds, but system officials say they hope the model works for all 31 campuses eventually.
That would make Georgia the largest test of public-private dorm partnerships.