Are You Ready For Blairsville Development?

Senior Community, Tourist Destination... 

Union County are you “READY” for the transformation from a small rural Union County to an urban/suburban city plagued with tourism? I believe, the Mayor, City of Blairsville, Union County Sole Commissioner and Union County Economic Development Authority began a national advertisement program, 2018, inviting anyone and everyone to Union County Georgia, on the bases of we have it all, you are always welcome.

A very clear signal begins with an article published in our local newspaper, the North Georgia News on November 23, 2022, "Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce presents Tourism Economic Impact Exceeds 1.5 Million Dollars

Most would recognize the article is very deceptive and untruthful, as those pictured in the article was their attempt to sway the population of Union County into changing from a small rural county to tourism destination for economic benefits. The tables provide Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, from an Oxford Economics Company, draw their sources from Longwoods International survey data. The report is dated August 2022. Please see THE GEORGIA VISITOR INDUSTRY; HTTPS://industry.exploregeorgia.org. Please pay special attention to the industries reports on County Tables: North Georgia – Visitor & Direct Impacts and the last page of the report APPENDIX: Glossary – Spending Definitions & Economic Impact Definitions.

Should residents and property owners of Union County be concerned with the relationships that are being developed between City of Blairsville, Union County Sole Commissioner, and the local Chamber of Commerce? A point to be noted about the local Chamber of Commerce; the Chamber is a private corporation registered with the Secretary of State of Georgia, with tax exempt status that plays a vital role in the business community of a specific city or county. They are funded by dues paying members from local business and focus on specific issues that impact their membership.

May 19, 2022, Union County Sole Commissioners meeting minutes reflect, without any agreement attached to the agenda, an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce and Union County for the distribution of 90% (approx. $700,000.00) of funds collected from the Hotel-Motel Excise Tax for the purpose of promoting tourism. see proposed Union County 2023 Budget.

It appears from the home page of Union County government, that the Sole Commissioner added the chamber of commerce to the business section of Union County Georgia Web Site, http://www.unioncountyga.gov/government. Was this an intentional act by the Sole Commissioner to establish the Chamber of Commerce as an “POLITICAL SUBDIVISION” of Union County Government?

After receiving a copy of the “INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT”, January 1, 2022, as referenced in the Sole Commissioners agenda of May 19, 2022, May-19-2022-Minutes-1.pdf (unioncountyga.gov), raises other questions: 1) the agreement does not have confirmed date of the signatures, 2) lacks the signature of the Mayor of the City of Blairsville, 3) the Chamber of Commerce is referenced as a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and 4) there are no specifics details that would constitute a binding contract.

Do the residents of Union County have any input into whether their county and communities are changed from a rural Georgia County to a mega tourist attraction for economic development.

Yes, please contact your Sole Commissioner of Union County Ga., State Representative, State Senator, State District Attorney, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, and U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde. This why you need a board of commissioners for multi-input and fair representation of the county.

Ga. Const. Art I, Sect. II. Para. I & para. 2. ORIGIN AND STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT. Paragraph I. Origin and foundation of government. All government, of right, originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole. Public officers are the trustees and servants of the people and are at all times amenable to them.

Paragraph II. Object of government. The people of this state have the inherent right of regulating their internal government. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and at all times they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it.

Please step up and support your County and Communities, thank you in advance for your support.

Wesley Hopgood