Canal Authority Receives State Award
Governor Nathan Deal recently presented the Augusta Canal Authority with the Paul Nelson Award for Outdoor Recreation and Preservation during ceremonies concluding the annual Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference at the Georgia International Conference Center earlier this month.
The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau nominated the Canal Authority in honor of Augusta Canal’s 20th anniversary as National Heritage Area. The Augusta Canal Authority was cited for it tireless work to transform the neglected canal into the award-winning, internationally recognized Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. It draws more than a quarter million users each year to its trails and waterway.
Accepting the award from the governor on behalf of the Canal Authority was Rebecca Rogers, the organization’s director of marketing and public affairs.
“Tourism has become one of Georgia’s top economic generators, as the industry supports more than 439,000 jobs and surpassed $58.9 billion in economic impact last year,” Deal said. “In 2015 alone, a record 100 million visitors came to Georgia to explore our mountains, beaches, big cities and small towns. With a thriving tourism sector and new attractions coming across the state, I have no doubt that next year will follow the trend of exceeding our expectations.”
The Paul Nelson Award for Outdoor Recreation and Preservation was established in 2013 to honor Paul Nelson. Nelson devoted his professional life to sustaining and improving the state’s parks and natural resources during his career with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he last served as assistant director of its parks, recreation, and historic sites division.