First meeting held at Centre

by CELIA SHORTT

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Newnan Convention Center Authority met thursday night for the first time in the boardroom in the newly-completed Newnan Centre facility on lower Fayetteville road. From left are Chris hallman, Clay hudson (behind), Carol Moore, Parks Avery, Mike Colpoys and Cathy Sandlin. 


The Newnan Convention Center Authority had its first meeting Thursday in its new boardroom in the just-opened Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road.

The meeting was euphoric with all the members thanking each other for their hard work at Tuesday’s black-tie gala, Thursday’s grand opening ceremony, and all their work throughout the Newnan Centre project. 

“I did seriously want to thank you all for Tuesday night,” said Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery. 

“I’m so thrilled to be here working with such a great team,” said Carol Moore, executive director of the Newnan Centre. “I’m so glad I was able to see you experience your dream become a reality.”

The Convention Center Authority members took a moment to remember the late Theodora Stegall, a member of the authority from the beginning. Several of her family members were able to be at the opening of the city’s new meeting and events facility.

“Theodora was here from the beginning,” said Avery. “And I am sad she wasn’t here for the opening, but you know what? She was here.”

Meeting business dealt with construction updates on the Newnan Centre. 

Still to be completed is the pavilion and covered walkway to the Coweta School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts building next door. The trim needs to be finished, glass needs to be put in the windows and doors, and the concrete needs to be polished. Once those elements are finished, the landscaping can be completed.

Other business included the planned second roadway entrance for the building. 

Newnan City Council recently awarded a design contract to Foresite Group, Inc. for a second entrance for the Newnan Centre off Lower Fayetteville Road. The purpose of the second entrance is to create an easier flow of traffic around both the Newnan Centre and the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, especially when they are being used at the same time. Now that the company has been hired, the preliminary plans and concept for the entrance are being worked on. 

The next meeting for the Newnan Convention Center Authority is on Thursday, July 18 at the Newnan Centre.




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