Walton County may be situated perfectly between Atlanta and Athens, but this thriving, fast growing region continues to plot its own course. With a booming job market that includes big regional projects such as a Facebook data center and bioscience pharmaceutical giant Takeda, the county has become a place where more and more people want to live and work. For the full article, click here.
Visit the three east central Georgia counties of Jasper, Madison and Oglethorpe and you'll find vibrant areas that are attracting people, building strong economies, and looking to the future.
They may be largely rural and contain small towns, but the people are proving that you don't have to live in the big city to build a productive community. To keep reading, click here.
The Northeast Georgia counties of Elbert and Greene have long played to their strengths. These are areas plentiful with natural resources, scenic beauty and hardworking resourceful people, qualities now on display in both counties. To keep reading, click here.
Oconee County sits right next door to Athens-Clarke County, famously home of the University of Georgia. Throughout much of its history, the larger neighbor got most of the attention. That began to change when people, businesses, and even large corporations decided Oconee was the place to be. For the full story, click here.
Drive about an hour east on Interstate 20 from Atlanta and as city and suburbs fall away, you'll find green rural expanses and small town charms of Rockdale County. It can seem like a different world, but it's one that is swiftly gaining a regional and even national reputation.
People are drawn here for good schools and a slower pace of life, but there's much more. Outdoor enthusiasts know of its Olympic sports venues. Spiritual seekers are drawn to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit for refuge and regeneration in a hectic world. To read more, click here.
Athens is best known as a college town where the sprawling University of Georgia dominates. Yet, look beyond students filling downtown bars, the tailgaters on game days and even the ongoing construction on campus, and you will find a surprisingly diverse and vibrant economy.
"Business is always pretty good in Athens," declares Doc Eldridge, president of the Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce. "Sometimes, it may be incredibly good, and other times, it may be just good. By being home to the University of Georgia as well as two successful health care centers, 28 industries, a strong service and retail sector, we are almost recession proof." For the full article, click here.
Morgan County is a place that has found success by embracing both the future and the past. There are modern industries, lovingly preserved in a historic building. It is a place that welcomes both old timers and a growing number of newcomers drawn by country life and small town charm. To keep reading, click here.