Business is booming at Bibb Countys Welcome Center.
The centers director, Kimberlyn Carter, wrote in an email late Wednesday that the center served 3,098 visitors in July and 969 visitors in June. Those figures are up significantly from last year, which saw 1,900 visitors in July and 550 visitors in June.
Carter said the center learned many lessons last year about projections, crowd control and continuous process improvement.
But many of those visitors came just this week. Carters statistics show that about 375 people came each day at the beginning of this week, by far besting the previous record this summer of 205 visitors.
The Welcome Center handles registration and enrollment, transcripts, withdrawals and other services. Carter said the peak enrollment season is expected to end Aug. 16. Last year also saw 3,729 visitors in August.
The Welcome Center was hit by budget cuts that left it with fewer employees, while the remaining staff works fewer hours.
The Welcome Centers scheduled hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The center will also be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.