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Car park official speaks at event
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The president of Atlanta Motorsports Park spoke at the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week to give members an update on the facility’s progress.


Jeremy Porter told an audience of more than 80 at the monthly gathering Sept. 9 that the new business will pump dollars into the local economy and perpetuate Dawson County’s racing culture.


Porter said small businesses will follow the park — located in the county’s west end — to Dawson County, stimulating the economy beyond its immediate impact.


“You’re going to see a lot of properties and land being taken up,” Porter said. “Businesses will move to this area, which will bring additional jobs and impact the local economy.”


Porter said that five local construction companies had already been hired to build the park, benefiting the economy.


Porter said the motor sports culture will be cultivated by the facility.


“In my opinion, this is very much a motor sports community,” he said. “The city, the county ... our hope is to continue to bring that culture into the county.”


Dawson County resident Jane Graves asked Porter about the ongoing lawsuit against the business, the city of Dawsonville and EHK Investments by West and Helen Hamryka.


“We’re still in the midst of that,” Porter said. “I’m very disappointed.”


He said construction is moving along, and that by the end of 2011, a track and garages would be complete.


The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce holds monthly luncheons, where local business and community leaders are invited to speak.


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