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Brenau to take over Ga. Mountains Center in December
University to turn convention center into academic setting
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Brenau University will take over operations at the Georgia Mountains Center next month and expects to start construction the month after that, university President Ed Schrader said.Brenau is leaping forward with its plans to remake the center into a high-tech academic setting. Construction is scheduled to take about a year, but some in the business community are already looking forward to the expected economic impact on the city, particularly the downtown area.“It’s great partnership with the city and Brenau,” said Kit Dunlap, president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “Everybody really feels comfortable about it.”Since Brenau signed a 10-year lease agreement in February with the city of Gainesville to take over the convention center, it’s been raising money and making plans.The school will take over the center’s operations on Dec. 15.