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Frank Norton Jr.’s annual economic talk postponed because of snowy forecast
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Frank Norton Jr., CEO and chairman of The Norton Agency, will present his annual economic forecast at Lanier Technical College on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. - photo by David Barnes

Gainesville Realtor Frank Norton Jr.’s annual economic and real estate presentation has been postponed because of a snowy forecast on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The event is now set for 6 p.m. Feb. 5. It will still take place in Lanier Technical College’s conference center.

The newly opened campus is at 2535 Lanier Tech Drive.

Norton, CEO and chairman of The Norton Agency, said he will look back at 10 “game-changing” events for North Georgia in 2018 but also the top five trends to watch in the next 2-3 years.

Also, “we will focus on commercial and residential real estate, as we see it, in 2019,” said Norton, CEO and chairman of The Norton Agency in Gainesville.

The location is significant to Norton’s talk.

“We’ve moved the event around, trying to go to ground zero for the electricity that’s going on in that area,” Norton said in an interview last year, when he held the presentation at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Braselton in South Hall.

The area around Lanier Tech could be an epicenter for future growth, Norton said.

“And Ga. 365’s impact in all of North Georgia is affecting multiple counties,” he said in an interview last week. “It affects Gwinnett as people move out of (the county) and certainly Hall County. And it affects Banks County, which feeds into that area.”

Norton's presentation will cite big announcements and rezonings in the area last year, particularly the Northeast Georgia Inland Port, a regional cargo terminal planned off Ga. 365 and White Sulphur Road in Gateway Industrial Centre.

The Georgia Ports Authority project, which could open in 2021, will serve the Interstate 85 region of Georgia, “an important (area) for the production of heavy equipment, food and forest products," Gov. Nathan Deal said in a Dec. 3 gathering in Gainesville.

The facility should “act as an economic development tool, drawing new investment from business and industry to Hall and its surrounding counties,” Deal said.

Also, development of Gateway Village, a 522-acre industrial park off Ga. 365 across from Gateway Industrial Centre, could begin by late spring.

The total developable space on the property is 2.6 million square feet. Mostly industrial, the property could also feature up to 130,000 square feet of retail.

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