Former Braves Manager Bobby Cox Backing Sports Complex

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The massive 1,400-acre campus would take shape on the shores of Lake Allatoona in rural Emerson, Ga., at Interstate 75 and Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

EMERSON, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and new manager Fredi Gonzalez are among a group of investors backing a proposed $1 billion sports and tourism complex in Bartow County.

The massive 1,400-acre campus would take shape on the shores of Lake Allatoona in rural Emerson, Ga., at Interstate 75 and Joe Frank Harris Parkway, not far from Cox's farm in Adairsville. Former Braves coach and current Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is also an investor.

Anchored by Perfect Game -- a baseball scouting company, the North Atlanta Soccer Association and LB3 Lacrosse, more than 1,300 acres of property here will become the LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center.

Ellen Archer with the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Vistor's Bureau says this kind of investment is a perfect fit Northwest Georgia. "This is not a flash in the pan," she said Tuesday.

The sprawling complex with bring a $1 billion investment to the area, and promises to having a lasting economic impact; all of it centering around a 262 acre sports complex that will be called Dream Parks at LakePoint. "This would probably be the largest big splash we have seen," Archer said.

With the unemployment rate hovering around 11 percent in Bartow County, the prospect of new investment and jobs is welcomed. "I think it is enormously important, not only from the economic impact, but also for the community psyche," Archer said.

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