Governor Proclaims Georgia Retail Week


For Immediate Release


Kit Dunlap, President/CEO

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce



Governor Proclaims Georgia Retail Week

April 9, 2002/Gainesville, GA: Governor of Georgia, Roy E. Barnes, has proclaimed April 14-20, 2002 as Georgia Retail Week and encourages citizens to recognize the contributions of the retail industry to our state. The Georgia Southern University for Retail Studies is heading the promotion of the week.

Since the founding of Georgia in 1733, retailers have provided essential and beneficial products to Georgia¹s customers and companies. Retail jobs employ18% of the state¹s non-agricultural work and contribute billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kit Dunlap emphasized the importance of retailers to the strength of our local economy. “Over 80% of the membership base of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce consists of small businesses, many of which are retailers. Gainesville-Hall County retailers provide a healthy and vital segment of our community’s economic structure. We appreciate and recognize our local retailers for the essential and beneficial services they provide to the citizens of Gainesville-Hall County and encourage our citizens to recognize these contributions,” said Dunlap.

The purpose of Georgia Retail Week is to focus public awareness on the numerous contributions that Georgia retailers have made to our citizens and the state. In Governor Barnes’ proclamation, the importance of the role retailers play in the success of Georgia’s economy is emphasized ­ with manufacturers, transporters, vendors and others involved in merchandise distribution throughout our state.

Details: Center for Retailing Studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. 912-681-5336. Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206.

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