Georgia hotel executives will receive the first public briefing on the $150 million grant recently announced by Gov. Brian Kemp, a move by the governor that will dramatically improve the future of Georgia’s hotel and lodging industry.
Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association (GHLA), the group charged with implementing the federal grant, will feature a Q&A on the grant at its annual 2022 Legislative Recap on issues related to the hospitality industry.
The Q&A between Marc Friday, General Manager of Planters Inn Savannah, and Jim Sprouse, GHLA’s executive director, is part of a comprehensive agenda that also features state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, chairman of the House Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and Greg Bluestein, Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter and author of “Flipped: How Georgia Became the Most Watched Battleground State.”
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Where: Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
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GHLA’s program, Save Georgia Hotels, is an American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Negative Economic Impact grant that will help hotel operators and hotel employees return to work. All awarded funds must be used at Georgia properties. Funds used according to the rules and oversight of the ARPA will be a grant, not a loan requiring repayment.
Awarded funds must be dedicated to specific uses that rebuild Georgia’s hotel and lodging workforce. Uses include workforce incentives such as additional pay, accelerated wage scales and bonuses; enhanced safety and security on lodging property; and employee training and career development.
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