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Altamaha River Partnership, HOGA Regional Commission

The Altamaha River Partnership is a coalition of state, regional, and local representatives formed in 1998 to promote nature-based tourism and associated economic development opportunities within 11 counties bordering the Altamaha River. The Partnership is addressed in the comprehensive plans and partial plan updates, as applicable, for all seven (7) Heart of Georgia Altamaha RC counties located along the River. These include: Appling, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, and Wayne counties.

The Altamaha River is considered an ecosystem of global import, having been designated as one of the 75 Last Great Places in the world, replete with both outstanding natural resources and significant cultural history of state, national, and world importance. The group’s motto is “Sustaining the River that Sustains Us.”

The Altamaha River Partnership is referenced in both the Regional Resource Plan: Regionally Important Resources for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region (2012) and Green with Greener Days Ahead: A Regional Plan for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission, Regional Assessment (2013). The organization grew out of regional efforts searching for means to increase tourism and increase access to the River within the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region. Major accomplishments of the group include nearly $3 million of improvements to Altamaha River recreational facilities and landings; development of a state-recognized canoe trail, river maps, guides and promotional materials; and organized annual events featuring the River. The Altamaha River Partnership has also served as a model and stimulus for organization of the new Ocmulgee Water Trail Association. (See www.altamahariver.org)

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