Newnan Centre marks first year

by Celia Shortt


The Newnan Convention Center Authority celebrated the Newnan Centre’s first year of business Thursday. From left, NCCA Chairman Parks Avery, NCCA Member Carles Stinson, and NCCA Member Tom Lukens. 

Newnan Convention Center Authority members celebrated the Newnan Centre completing its first year of business earlier this week.

“I’m very happy with our first year’s progress,” said Carol Moore, executive director of the Newnan Centre, at the NCCA’s monthly meeting Thursday. “Our events have been diverse in nature and we are getting repeat business, which means the level of customer service we are providing is meeting or exceeding expectations. I’m excited about achieving our goals in the upcoming year.”

Moore said in its first year of business, the Newnan Centre had 51 clients who hosted 107 events, which were attended by 12,040 people. Of those 107 events, nine were social, 21 were non-profit, 10 were government, 17 were educational, 25 were corporate, and 25 were religious.

“It’s just been so much better of a first year than we ever expected in regards to business,” said Parks Avery, NCCA chairman.

Chairman Avery and Director Moore Thursday also gave an update on the planned second entrance to complex the Newnan Centre shares with the Coweta School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual arts. The new entrance project, as currently designed, will bring a roundabout to Lower Fayetteville Road.

Moore said the city received two bids when it rebid the project. The low one came in at $1.3 million, which was still higher than expected.

“I’m not sure what the city is going to do,” said Avery.

Avery said he had not had a chance to speak with Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips yet and would update the authority members as soon as he had more information.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the NCCA members:

• Voted to cancel their meeting in July because of a “lack of agenda items.”

• Heard Executive Director Moore’s report for June. Moore said the auditors had come in and retrieved the information they needed to perform the audit. Newnan Centre is being audited as part of the city’s audit.

She also reported the Newnan Centre’s carpets had been cleaned, the deposit on the new china had been put down, a new industrial sized vacuum cleaner had been purchased, and they were switching email systems.

• Heard an update from Avery on the new storage closet. He said the project is taking a bit longer than expected.

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