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Findings from Lanier study to be discussed

BUFORD — The value of Lake Lanier will be discussed by the public Tuesday, when an economic impact study is released by the 1071 Coalition.

The coalition, founded during a devastating drought to advocate for the lake’s water supply and economic prosperity, commissioned the study last year to determine the impacts of a low lake level.

IF YOU GO

• What: 1071 Coalition of Lake Lanier public meeting

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

• Where: Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

“The numbers from the study show the economic values lost in 2008, when the lake was at historic lows,” said Alex Laidlaw, president of the 1071 Coalition. “Attendees to the meeting will find that the impact was even greater than we anticipated as we present the full findings of the report.”

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

The lake is at the epicenter of in the water wars between Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Local officials have been stressing the economic impact of the lake as one of the measures of its importance in the region.

According to preliminary results of the study, conducted by Bleakley Advisory Group, PBS&J and Dr. Bruce Seaman, there are more than 10,000 employers in the immediate Lake Lanier area, including nearly 1,000 government and non-profit entities.

Nearly 140,000 people work within the immediate area, and more than 200,000 people live there, an 87 percent increase from 2000 and a 102 percent increase from 1990.

About 215 of the businesses are directly involved in the lake, including marine-related, lodging, amusement and recreation services. Those businesses employee 1,900 people and have an estimated combined annual sales of $145.7 million.

For more information about the 1071 Coalition, visit www.1071

coalition.org.