Plans for a million-square-foot indoor ski resort in Bartow County mean revenue and jobs for Bartow County.
If Sonny Perdue signs the Tourism Development Act passed Thursday by the Georgia General Assembly, a million square foot indoor ski resort, billed as the world’s largest of its kind (four times larger than Ski Dubai), could go up near Red Top Mountain State Park in Bartow County.
Governor Perdue is expected to sign the bill this time after vetoing it twice.
As reported by Brande Poulnot, of daily-tribune.com, the development would include five ski runs, the world’s only indoor snow mobile track at a mile long, two NHL hockey rinks, a 2,000-seat outdoor waterfront amphitheater, three four-star hotels, a conference center, 30 restaurants, 400,000 square feet of retail space and multiple residential components, Winters said. They believe the resort will get 2.5 to 3 million visitors in it’s first season alone.
Battles said the development would bring $13 to $14 million per year in revenue to Bartow. . It would also add about 2,000 news jobs to Bartow County, which has an unemployment rate of over 10%. Bartow would also get $25 million in road improvements, and an 18-month construction period, creating more jobs.
“If this comes reality, then this is big for the state,” Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown said.