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City looks at pursuing enterprise zone
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IN BRIEF: A meeting among the city's economic development subcommittee concluded with them agreeing to move forward with trying to establish an enterprise zone area in the city.

The enterprise zone, a program used to combine local tax incentives with state and federal tax incentives to attract businesses, would be located at the Salem Gate shopping center and surround properties.

That particular area was chosen for the possibility of generating sales tax revenue for the city and for the opportunity to expand the enterprise zone to other parcels of land in the area.

Conyers Planning Director Marvin Flanigan says that an enterprise zone established in the city won't work unless the county is also willing to offer some tax abatements. The officials decided to make plans to speak with county representatives to gauge their interest on the matter.

In attendance at the Tuesday afternoon meeting were City Councilmen Vince Evans and John Fountain, City Chief Operating Officer David Spann, Flanigan and City Planner J.P. Alexander. The meeting was held in City Manager Tony Lucas' office at City Hall, 1184 Scott Street, Conyers.