One horse racing facility in Georgia would have an economic impact of more than $1.2 billion a year while bolstering the agricultural and tourism industries and providing new revenues for health care, education and rural development programs, according to an economic study commissioned by the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition. State Rep. Brett Harrell (R) said he would present the proposal to the House Rural Development Council and work with state Sen. Brandon Beach (R) to introduce legislation in the 2019 legislative session that would allow for three venues in different parts of the state.
“A horse racing facility would create thousands of jobs, deliver tens of millions in new state and local tax dollars and bring new revenues and business development to rural Georgia through its equine industry,” Harrell said. “Georgia is one of only six states that have no gaming outside of its lottery, and I believe horse racing would bring together different strengths our state has in tourism and agriculture.”
The full study can be found here.