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Economy expert to speak at chamber lunch
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North Georgia real estate and economic expert Frank Norton Jr. will highlight trends in the local housing market and commercial industry during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday.

Norton gives an economic update annually about Dawson County, in addition to his Native Intelligence Report, which addresses growth across North Georgia.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. with Norton set to speak at noon.

The meeting will be held at the Dawson County Board of Education Professional Development Center, 28 Main St., downtown Dawsonville.

Renowned across the region for his economic predictions, Norton last year said he believes Dawson County's population will rocket to 100,000 people by 2030, thanks to ease of travel to Atlanta along Ga. 400 and the current growth in Forsyth County that's going to continue north.

President of the Gainesville-based Norton Agency real estate and insurance firm, Norton continually stresses the impact of the North Georgia Premium Outlets as a "retail mecca" during last year's local address.

"You see people leaving Dawson County with bags full of stuff, leaving their taxes here," he said.

According to Norton, 75 percent of every dollar spent locally comes from outside Dawson County.

"You are mecca for retail for all of north Atlanta," he has said. "Dawson County doesn't need more retail, but we need more retail for the people who aren't from Dawson County."

The cost is $14 for members who pre-register or $17 for everyone at the door.

For more information, call the chamber at (706) 265-6278.