The State of Georgia established the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to oversee the operation of the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park and related facilities.
The Authority's day-to-day operations are headed by Executive Director Frank Poe and is governed by a 15-member board. All members are appointed by the Governor and serve four-year terms.
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In 1978, the Georgia General Assembly created a six-member legislative overview committee to oversee the activities of the GWCCA. In 2003, this committee was expanded to 12 members, equally split between the state House of Representatives and Senate.
Committee members include: Sen. Brandon Beach, Sen. Mike Dugan, Sen. Steve Gooch, Sen. Butch Miller, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Renee Unterman, Rep. Barry Fleming, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Larry Parrish, Rep. Terry Rogers, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Rep. Ron Stephens
Meetings take place in the Authority Board Room, begin at 12:30 p.m., and usually end by 2:00 p.m.
*The May meeting is moved to the prior Tuesday due to Memorial Day Holiday.
**The September meeting is typically cancelled in favor of an Authority Planning Retreat.
***November and December meetings are combined.
Economic impact is at the heart of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s mission.
Established by the State of Georgia to develop and operate the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park, and related facilities, the GWCCA is a major economic driver for the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia.
These facilities represent the largest combined convention, sports, and entertainment destination in the world. This past fiscal year, the GWCCA hosted 485 events and welcomed more than 3.7 million visitors who generated $1.77 billion in economic impact to the State of Georgia.