Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perdue Hosts Powwow on Possibility of G-8

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perdue Hosts Powwow on Possibility of G-8

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to meet with hundreds of business and government leaders tonight on Sea Island for a planning session in case President Bush picks the island as the site of next year's G-8 economic summit.

Perdue has invited 450 people to the closed session at 7:30 p.m. in one of the buildings in a complex that includes the Sea Island Co.'s Cloister hotel on the private resort island, said Dan McLagan, Perdue's press secretary.

"I think the majority of those [invited] will not be able to attend," partly because of the short notice, McLagan said.

The invitations went out Thursday and Friday -- about the time Perdue's office made it known that Sea Island was among a short list of finalists to host the annual meeting of the world's seven leading economies and Russia.

"We feel very good that Georgia makes a good case," Perdue told the Associated Press. "The St. Simons-Sea Island property affords a lot of the attributes they were looking for -- its privacy, obviously, but good security control. And we're very encouraged by that."

Bush will make the selection as leader of the host country.

The Group of Eight summit brings together the leaders of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom.

A summit on Sea Island would also bring huge financial benefits to Georgia, Perdue said.

"But more than that, I think it puts Georgia up again another notch in the national-international profile," Perdue told the AP. "Atlanta has hosted the Olympics. We've had Super Bowls. But a meeting of this type with the G-8, the international top eight economies, puts it in a different category."

But the people bringing in the money also bring some logistical problems, including where to put the entourage traveling with the world leaders, the international press corps and the thousands of protesters that follow the summits. …

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