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Athens-Clarke is a consolidated city-county in northeastern Georgia which offers a unique one-stop approach for business and industry seeking to grow or develop.
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Manufacturing Destination

Caterpillar, bringing 1,400 jobs and $200 million in investments, earns Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties Georgia's "Deal of the Year Award" given by the Georgia Economic Developers Association for outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of a business in Georgia.
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Quality Growth

Home to The University of Georgia, Athens offers a diverse mix of cultural, educational and economic opportunities which makes it an ideal location for business. Businesses will find a low cost of living and high quality of life that offers the benefits of small town environment with proximity to major markets such as Atlanta and its infrastucture advantages.
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The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department provides site location assistance to domestic and international companies planning new or expanded facilities. We keep a catalog of available business sites & buildings to suit every need. Assistance is also available with identifying financial and human resources available for such business endeavors. All conversations are held in strictest confidence. Numerous tax incentives and exemptions are offered, indicating a flexible menu of state & local assistance to qualifying businesses.

Meet our Manufacturer of the Year

Check out the second issue of our quarterly newsletter! Stories include:  Meet the Intern-We welcome our first intern. President Signs WRDDA into Law-The Savannah Port gets green light to start construction. Industry Appreciation Dinner & Award-An evening of celebration...

Athens economic development director says first year went well

Ryan Moore said the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department has come a long way since he took the position as director in May 2013. From getting infrastructure into place, to incorporating social media, Moore said he...

Are you Athensmade?

Most Americans know that R.E.M., the B-52’s, Kim Basinger, Herschel Walker, and Hugh Acheson began their fame in our legendary city of Athens but very few know that Evoshield, Zaxby’s, and even Jittery Joe’s did...