2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 10 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 9 - GEO. L. SMITH II GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER
ARTICLE 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 10-9-3 - Definitions
As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Authority" means the Geo. L. Smith II Georgia World Congress Center Authority.
(2) "Cost" with respect to the terms "cost of the project" or "cost of the facilities" includes but is not limited to the following:
(A) All costs of the purchase, lease, or any other form of acquisition by agreement, eminent domain, or otherwise or improvement, construction, reconstruction, repair, or maintenance of the project or any facility or component of either;
(B) All costs of real or personal property required for the purposes of such project and of all facilities related thereto, including land and any rights or undivided interest therein, easements, franchises, water rights, fees, permits, approvals, licenses, and certificates and the security of such franchises, permits, approvals, licenses, and certificates and the preparation of any application therefor;
(C) All machinery, equipment, furnishings, and fixtures required for such project or facilities;
(D) Financing charges and interest prior to and during construction and during such additional period as the authority may reasonably determine to be necessary for the placing of such project or facilities in operation;
(E) Costs of engineering, architectural, and legal services;
(F) Fees paid to fiscal agents for financial and other advice or supervision;
(G) Cost of plans and specifications and all expenses necessary or incidental to the construction, purchase, or acquisition of the completed project or facilities or to determine the feasibility or practicability of the project or facilities;
(H) Fees paid pursuant to the "Georgia Allocation System" established by Article 8 of Chapter 82 of Title 36;
(I) Fees for letters of credit, bond insurance, debt service or debt service reserve insurance, surety bonds, or similar credit enhancement instruments;
(J) Costs of the payment or performance of any obligation of the authority with respect to any lease to or by the authority of or with respect to the project or any facilities or any component thereof;
(K) Administrative expenses and such other expenses as may be necessary or incidental to the financing authorized in this chapter;
(L) The repayment of any loans made for the advance payment of any part of such cost, including the interest thereon; and
(M) A fund or funds for the creation of a debt service reserve, a renewal and replacement reserve, and such other reserves as may be reasonably required by the authority with respect to the financing and operation of its projects or facilities and as may be authorized by any bond resolution or trust agreement or indenture pursuant to the provisions of which the issuance of any such bonds may be authorized.
Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the purposes set forth in subparagraphs (A) through (M) of this paragraph shall be regarded as part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of the proceeds of revenue bonds or notes issued under this chapter.
(3) "Project" means a comprehensive international trade and convention center consisting of a complex of facilities suitable for multipurpose use for housing trade shows, conventions, and cultural, political, musical, educational, entertainment, athletic, or other events; for displaying exhibits of Georgia's counties, municipalities, industries, and attractions; and for promoting the agricultural, historical, natural, and recreational resources of the State of Georgia, including all facilities necessary or convenient to such purposes, regardless of whether such facilities are contiguous, including, by way of illustration and not limitation, the following facilities: exhibit halls; auditoriums; theaters and amphitheaters; stadiums or coliseums and related athletic fields, courts or other surfaces, and clubhouses and gymnasiums; restaurants and other facilities for the purveying of foods, beverages, publications, souvenirs, novelties, and goods and services of all kinds, whether operated or purveyed directly or indirectly through concessionaires, licensees or lessees, or otherwise; parking facilities and parking areas in connection therewith; facilities deemed necessary or convenient within the structure of any facility, including any stadium or coliseum facility; meeting room facilities, including meeting rooms providing for simultaneous translation capabilities for several languages; museum facilities; facilities used for plazas, parks, pavilions, and pedestrian ways; related lands, buildings, structures, fixtures, equipment, and personalty appurtenant or convenient to the foregoing; and extension, addition, and improvement of such facilities. The project shall be located in the City of Atlanta and shall be known as the "Geo. L. Smith II Georgia World Congress Center," except that any facility included within the project may be otherwise designated by the authority. As used in this chapter, the project described by the term "Geo. L. Smith II Georgia World Congress Center" shall include the same project formerly known as and referred to as the "Georgia World Congress Center" and the authority may be referred to as the "Georgia World Congress Center Authority."
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer