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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.

Departmental Goals and Objectives for 2015

MISSION The Department of Economic Development is to be the primary point of contact for industries, large commercial developments, site location consultants, and state economic development organizations interested in developing, expanding, or locating new or expanded...

Peterson Spring Celebrates Company's Centennial Anniversary

Peterson Spring, a division of Peterson American Corporation, has been in business in Athens, GA since 1963.  On November 18, 2014, Peterson Spring was host to a celebration to commemorate their corporation’s 100 years of...

Clarke County School District joins with Great Promise Partnership to provide internship opportunities for students

Through a collaboration with Great Promise Partnership (GPP), seven students from Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central High School are interning with Caterpillar and Power Partners. This partnership helps place students in paid positions through GPP’s...