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Norton forecast to focus on developing game plan
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Norton Native Intelligence Report

When: Today; presentation begins at 6 p.m., followed by networking and refreshments
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville
Cost: Free

The economic forecast that real estate expert Frank Norton Jr. will reveal at his annual Native Intelligence report today is known as a “business Bible” for many in Northeast Georgia.

“We tend to have a lot of business leaders and civic folks from the region come out for the program, but everyone is welcome,” said Norton, president of The Norton Agency in Gainesville.

Now in its 26th year, the Native Intelligence presentation on Northeast Georgia’s 2013 economic outlook will include past reports on the evolution of businesses and findings from research done year-round by the agency’s organized research division, as well as Norton himself.

“We’re trying to interpret what is happening and trying to communicate what we anticipate will happen in Northeast Georgia from mountains of research that we do and some field reports,” Norton said. “We believe it’s part of our social DNA to share our data with the communities we serve.”

After years of presenting from the Georgia Mountains Center, today’s Native Intelligence program will be held at the Gainesville Civic Center.

“We congratulate Brenau University on recently acquiring the Georgia Mountains Center,” Norton said when explaining the reason for the venue change, but he advises people to get to the civic center early to get a seat.

The Norton Agency also publishes the report and posts the forecast online.

“This year, we had to take into consideration what would happen with the ‘fiscal cliff,’ but we’re focusing on commentary on where we are and helping folks develop a game plan for the next four to 10 years. One of our big questions is, ‘How do you capitalize on this climate that we’re in?’” Norton said.

The Native Intelligence presentation begins at 6 tonight at the Gainesville Civic Center at 830 Green St. in Gainesville, with networking and refreshments to follow.

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