Georgia is a pro-business state offering diverse employment sectors. The greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area is home to 75% of Fortune 1000 Companies and the transportation hub of the south. Georgia was ranked the number one business climate in the nation two years in a row (2013-2014), by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s top economic development trade publications. Dale Buss, Area Development Staff Editor, stated: “Georgia’s success has come from dead reckoning in areas that are crucial to business locators. That includes the state’s welcoming and business-friendly government, to be sure. The state also enjoys a strong infrastructure, featuring Hartsfield International, one of the world’s most efficient passenger airports; two deepwater ports; and one of the nation’s most extensive surface-transportation networks. No wonder that Georgia has been able to announce a continuing string of business expansions and relocation over the last year.”
The large, energetic and cosmopolitan Atlanta is a booming regional center for the growing and increasingly prosperous American South. Originally Atlanta was founded as a transportation crossroads, as railroads converged on its end-of-mountains location and radiated in all directions. Today’s Atlanta still plays that role, both for ground and air transport, as it originates more flights than any city except Chicago. But more generally, Atlanta has boomed, first as home to such giants as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, and more recently as a vital regional and headquarters business center for large corporations. Home offices for Home Depot, UPS, CNN and Bellsouth are in the area, and almost any company you can think of has an operation here, and some are quite large.
Atlanta also offers low property and income taxes along with newer homes and growing real estate markets. Income (average hourly earnings) in Atlanta is on the rise and has been growing much more quickly than the national average for the past couple years. This is due to the favorable mix of jobs being created.
There are a lot of reasons why Atlanta continues to prosper. New construction is on the rise,and the rental market is strong. Also, the state government is easy to work with from the perspective of a landlord. Within 15 days if your tenant doesn’t pay rent, they’re out. Other states can allow up to 45 days or more. The key to investing in Atlanta is being familiar with the areas and neighborhoods; location, location, location!The key is to point investors in the direction of houses with good schools, low crime and convenient transportation. Preferable areas are subdivisions with primarily homeowners in them. Values are driven by these systems. Between 2001 and 2007, 1.1 million people moved to Atlanta. From 2012-2019, populations projections show a near 20% increase in population, while the rest of the U.S. will increase by less than 10%. Also, unemployment continues to decrease. There’s more to it than just that, though. Palano notes an ageing population in the wealthier Northeast and Midwest, and a steady stream of retiring Baby Boomers. “All these people want out, and they want quality of life,” he says. “But Florida has gotten very expensive. Here we’ve got growth, we’ve got jobs and we’ve got quality of life.”
As Atlanta continues to prosper, it’s important to note that Atlanta is still affordable, especially compared to other markets. Jobs are being retained and created, population is increasing, home sales are increasing, prices are on the rise; yet homes are still affordable to the first-time home buyer. The longer term outlook is extremely favorable. Strong population and income growth will support robust demand for housing and drive above average home price appreciation. Home sales in Atlanta are forecast to be up 11% in 2015 as household growth, job growth and affordability work together to speed up the housing market recovery.
Our areas of focus in the greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area are the following counties: Carroll, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale and Spalding.
Home to approximately 113,000 residents, Carroll County is a highly sought after community in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Carroll County schools are ranked nationally and recognized for excellence and their innovative approaches to education. Also, Carroll County hosts a recognized innovator in medical IT, Greenway Healthcare, developers of integrated electronic health records management systems. With their world-headquarters in Carrollton, Greenway employees over 600 top software developers and technology specialists.
As many people know, Georgia is home to a robust Food Processing industry, including more than 600 companies employing approximately 61,000 people. This is the leading manufacturing industry in Georgia and contributes $10.65 billion to the state’s GDP.
The newest food processor to call Carroll County home is Trident Seafoods, providing frozen seafood processing for the eastern seaboard markets. They will be employing 180 people when fully operational. Carroll County is also home to Sugar Foods, a multinational food products company. Sugar Foods serves all segments of the food industry including food service, cash and carry, retail, specialty, and international markets. Over a 1000 times a second someone in the US consumes a product that Sugar Foods makes. Maplehurst Bakeries, a division of Weston Foods, is also regionally headquartered in Carroll County with over 200 employees processing baked goods for in-store bakeries such as Publix, Wholefoods and Kroger.
Carroll County includes cities such as Carrollton, Villa Rica and Temple.
Cobb County has a diverse business base encompassing manufacturing and distribution, administrative headquarters operations, service industries, and retailers. Cobb County has the advantages of low property taxes, as well as diversity and availability of site and buildings. Cobb County also has one of the best school systems in the greater Atlanta area.
Cobb County continues to be well positioned for future growth and economic expansion.
Cobb County consists of cities such as: Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Acworth, and Powder Springs.
Marietta has an approximate population of 60,000 residents. Marietta is a sought after community for many reasons. The city was actually profiled in Atlanta Magazine stating that Marietta’s residents pay the lowest property taxes in the region. Businessweek named Marietta as the second best place to raise children in Georgia. This rating was based on criteria including school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters and other amenities, and diversity. The City of Marietta recently announced that construction has started on the new multi-use Kennesaw Mountain to Chattahoochee River Trail (Mountain to River Trail).
Kennesaw has an approximate population of 32,000 residents and is also home to Kennesaw State University. The city was recently recognized as one of the top 200 best small cities in America. Only two cities in Georgia ranked higher (Alpharetta and Duluth). This rating was based on population size, affordability, economic health, education and health quality of life. Kennesaw has also been named in Family Circle Magazine’s top 10 Best Towns for Families, Georgia Places Best Neighborhoods to Live in Georgia, the Safewise Top Ten of the 50 safest cities in Georgia, and Movoto’s Ten Best Places in Georgia.
Smyrna, home to approximately 54,500 residents has seen a 53% increase in population over the last 15 years. It continues to be an attractive city for a variety of people including young adults, baby boomers and families due to walkability, location and access to amenities. Smyrna was ranked #4 among the Best Cities for Young Adults in Georgia (2014). Top employers in Smyrna include IBM, GLOCK and Atlanta Bread.
From 2010 to 2014 the number of housing units has increased by 40% as a result from major redevelopment. There are four airports within an 18-mile radius of the city, two railroads, public transportation including MARTA and access to three major interstate systems. With an average commute time of under thirty minutes, Smyrna residents enjoy some of the lowest travel times in the area.
With over half of Smyrna’s adults holding four-year college degrees and almost 17.3 percent holding graduate degrees, Smyrna is expected to see continued growth for many years to come.
Acworth, home to approximately 21,000 residents is located 35 miles northwest of Atlanta. Acworth is known for its small-town comfortable feel featuring down-home southern cooking and spicy Cajun cuisine. Acworth is known as “Lake City” since its surrounded by two lakes, offering beaches for swimming, fishing, boating and camping. There are also 12 parks featured in Acworth and Georgia’s #1 golf course, Cobblestone. The city has a lot of history; offering tours, and attracting tourists year round. Acworth is part of the Main Street America program and committed to preserving the historical significance of its downtown district buildings. Acworth continues to show economic growth while proudly preserving the history of its origin.
Powder Springs has a population of about 14,000 and is known for its seven springs within city limits. The city’s mild climate, rich soil and inviting springs offer health and recreation and continue to attract new residents. People that move to the area tend to stay there as owners occupy 72% of the homes.
DeKalb County is home to approximately 715,000 residents and multiple colleges and universities. DeKalb is the third most populous county in Georgia. DeKalb is known to offer the most even balance of jobs and housing in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Transportation is favorable with access to MARTA, four major interstates, train stations, truck terminals and Georgia’s second busiest air facility: DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
DeKalb has positioned itself to be in the forefront of biomedical technology. Within a one-mile stretch known as “Clifton Corridor” there are some of the Southeast’s greatest biomedical organizations including: Centers for Disease Control (the only federal agency outside of Washington D.C.), Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University’s Rollins Research Center and the American Cancer Society National Headquarters. DeKalb County also offers a strong hospitality industry, attracting visitors year round.
DeKalb has an international flavor, with the highest concentration of Hispanics and Asians in Georgia, and is one of the largest refugee resettlement locations in the country. The Chamber of Commerce is very involved with its growing international community.
DeKalb’s educational facilities are noted for excellence. The public school system has the largest international student center for helping both students and families adjust to life in the United States. DeKalb’s outstanding Special Education Program attracts students from other counties in need of special services.
DeKalb’s two technical schools and six other institutions of higher learning provide an educational environment beneficial to both students and the community at large.
Home buyers may choose from upscale Dunwoody, the small-town, artistic charm of Decatur, the Victorian homes in Stone Mountain, and growing southeastern DeKalb, where land is open and prices more modest. Emory University is ringed by well-groomed apartments and small houses that are heavily populated with students and staff.
Cities we tend to focus on in DeKalb include Stone Mountain and Decatur.
Stone Mountain has an approximate population of 6,000 and is located in the eastern portion of DeKalb County, just 30 minutes outside Atlanta. In the 1980’s, Stone Mountain saw its population triple as new subdivisions sprung up to meet the growing residential demand. Beyond the popular family destination of Stone Mountain Park is a golf club with two championship courses and a Marriott Resort located on Stone Mountain Lake.
Stone Mountain is currently in the middle of major road redevelopment, including expansion and improvements providing safer, faster and well-lit commutes for its citizens.
Decatur boasts itself as a neighborly city of homes, schools, places of worship, a thriving business community and 19,000 residents, just east of Atlanta.
Douglas County, located 20 miles west of Atlanta, blends natural beauty with urban convenience and amenities. With fishing, hiking, golf, tennis and a plethora of other activities readily available throughout the county, its 137,000 residents enjoy their quiet, safe, and fun communities. The cost of living in Douglas County is slightly less than other communities in the Atlanta area, offering more square footage for your dollar when investing in Douglas real estate. Douglas County’s population is mostly people working in the sales, administrative, management, business and finance, production and transportation fields. With Georgia’s focus on maintaining a healthy, prosperous business environment, Douglas County will continue to see positive growth for many years to come.
Douglas County consists of cities such as Douglasville, Lithia Springs and Austell.
Douglasville has a population of approximately 32,000. For the past decade, it’s been one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia, leading to a burst in residential development, including condos. Expansions and relocations have created a definite upsurge in local employment. In 2014, businesses in the county had added 960 jobs and contributed more than $140 million in capital investment. One of the biggest wins was the announcement that McMaster-Carr would acquire a new 700,000 square foot building for administrative offices and order fulfillment on Riverside Parkway. The company, which specializes in rapid next-day industrial and commercial supply products, spent more than $75 million for the new regional headquarters and e-commerce center. About 600 people will be employed at the facility, with that number rising to as many as 1,000. The key here is that this company is relocating from only 5 miles away, instead of moving operations elsewhere such as Texas. Companies are choosing to stay in Georgia. Another victory for Douglasville was when Gordon Food Service broke ground on a 276,000 square foot distribution center. Expected to be fully operational this winter (2015), they will employee approximately 200 people within the next three years. Douglasville will also be home of the one billion dollar Baxter Pharmaceuticals project. BioLife Plasma Services is building an 18,500 square foot blood collection center in Douglasville on Chapel Hill Road. This is a smaller project than others, but will still provide 55 jobs and $7.5 million in capital investment. The City of Douglasville has also gotten into the convention business with the opening of its new conference center last year. Thanks to funds from the hotel/motel tax, the city was able to build the $17.5-million facility and a 300-space parking deck on Church Street just across the street from its old convention center. Along with its conference center, the city has also turned to road building as a tool for economic development. The construction of the Bright Star Road Connector opened up the area between State Highway 5 and Bright Star Road just north of I-20. Academy Sports + Outdoors announced plans to open a 71,000-square-foot retail facility in the area. The store is expected to open later this year along with other businesses on the same site. The sporting goods superstore and other future businesses will be accessible from the Bright Star Connector and from an extension of Concourse Park-way on the west side of Highway 5 at I-20.
Lithia Springs was a city built around a natural Lithia water spring. So popular was the curative waters that flowed from Lithia Springs that people came for miles to drink its “legendary healing water.” The neighboring city of Austell was also founded by the spring’s popularity.
The history of Lithia Springs begins with Lithia Springs, a natural Lithia water spring. So popular was the curative waters that flowed from Lithia Springs that people came for miles to drink its legendary healing water. The neighboring city of Austell was also founded by the spring’s popularity.
The City of Austell has a friendly, small town atmosphere which invites residential, commercial and industrial growth. Residents enjoy the benefits of low property taxes and convenient services while businesses enjoy a low occupational business tax structure. There is easy access to Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 as well as three major thoroughfares: C.H. James Parkway, Veterans Memorial Highway and Austell-Powder Springs Road. Population continues to grow with a current population of 6,500. Austell is also the home of the Norfolk-Southern Railway John Whitaker Intermodal Facility – the largest intermodal facility east of the Mississippi River.
Median household income is approximately $46,554 and 85% of residents receive a high school diploma or higher. According to the U.S. Census there are approximately 1,276 companies that are based out of Austell, GA.
Cities in Fulton County include Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, College Park, Fairburn, Union City, and Riverdale.
Alpharetta has an approximate population of 63,000 and is an affluent suburb of Atlanta. With an unemployment rate of 4.5%, well below the national average, Alpharetta is a highly sought after community in the greater Atlanta area. Alpharetta is known to “have it all” including excellent schools, incredible job opportunities, great shopping and cultural events, and one of the hottest markets in both commercial and residential real estate. People who move to Alpharetta are known to stay there. It’s no wonder Alpharetta was ranked the number one city to relocate to by Forbes Magazine and the sixth fastest growing city in the U.S. There are more than 600 technology-based businesses that have made their home in Alpharetta not just for the nice houses and great weather. The fiber-optic network is the most extensive and redundant in the Southeast, and Alpharetta works closely with state and local economic development agencies providing tax credits and incentives to complement any brand of business. Some of the biggest and most recognized names in the tech industry are thriving in Alpharetta, home to more than 20 million square feet of office space. Companies include: LexisNexis, Verizon Wireless, Comcast, HP, UPS, Equifax and McKesson just to name a few.
Roswell is known as a great place to live and work. Their thriving economy is assisting their tax base and helps the city retain and attract talent. The economy in Roswell is led by the Corporate, Subsidiary and Regional Managing Offices industry. Other top employment sectors include Air Transportation, General Medical and Temporary Help Services. Roswell has a median household income of $79,385 and future job growth over the next ten years is expected to be 38.20%.
Sandy Springs is home to approximately 100,000 residents and 3,700 businesses. Some of those businesses include world-known corporations such as Newell Rubbermaid and Intercontinental Exchange (parent of the NYSE). There are approximately 93,000 jobs within city limits, with more than 37% of adults earning four-year college degrees and more than 20% holding graduate degrees. Sandy Springs has more Fortune 500 Corporations per capita than any other city in the U.S. yet the majority of the jobs in the City are provided by their thriving small business market. Considered the second largest city in the Metro Atlanta Area, Sandy Springs will continue to see growth for many years to come.
Johns Creek is another highly sought after suburb of Atlanta. Johns Creek is known for its well-educated workforce, a diverse economy, their technology park, supportive local government, an excellent school system, and world class medical facilities. In 2013, there were 2,561 businesses located in Johns Creek with major employers (between 200 and 2,000 employees) including the world headquarters of Macy’s Integrated Systems, World Financial Group and Movius Interactive Corporation. Employment sectors in Johns Creek generally follow trends of the Metro Atlanta region as a whole. The largest concentrations of employment in Johns Creek fall within the manufacturing, insurance, financial/real estate, health care, retail and professional scientific/technology industries.
College Park, home to the world’s busiest airport with over 98 million passengers annually, offers business and industry the convenience and access that comes with proximately to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Class A office environments offer connections to the airport via an automated people mover, the SkyTrain, which cannot be found in any other market. In addition, the SkyTrain links the airport to the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), hotels and office making business and convention activity easy and accessible. The College Park MARTA Station connects downtown College Park to more than 1.5 million people in the greater Atlanta area. In just a 15-mile radius, the daytime population is over 770,000 people.
College Park’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by the Southeast’s largest CNG fueling station offering alternative fuel to the public. This is a first of its kind in Georgia and is slated to be the hub for all LNG (liquefied natural gas) stations in the Southeastern U.S. College Park Power also offers consumers a choice of purchasing blocks of green power and boasts LEED certified construction from educational institutions to office and hospitality.
College Park is also home to Woodward Academy, the largest independent private school in the continental U.S.
Fairburn is home to approximately 14,000 residents and the Georgia Military College – Atlanta Campus. Fairburn welcomes economic development that complements the City’s exceptional quality of life. Situated adjacent to I-85 and convenient to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the city offers industrial, commercial and retail zoning in close proximity to family oriented residential areas.
Union City has gained the attention of top businesses and developers from around the country. For years, some of the most leading and innovative companies have become highly invested in various locations throughout the city. Union City has a distinctive blend of new and established business clusters that are strategically designed to succeed. Its success is due, in part, to local and regional resources, a highly educated workforce, company incentives and state-of-the-art industrial parks. Some of the key distinctions of Union City are the following:
1. Landed first Opportunity Zone Tax Credit Program in Metro Atlanta
2. Perfectly positioned 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 10 miles from the airport
3. Prime location for new development and redevelopment, includes highly visible and available properties along South Fulton Parkway and I-85
4. Growing economic base manifesting in the acquisition of several companies including a new state of the art bio pharmaceutical facility and a 960,000 square foot distribution center
5. Expanding job sector and diverse opportunities culminated in approximately 1,000 positions being added within the last year
6. A booming housing infrastructure with homes in the mid-$200k range
7. Recently designated as a Georgia Foreign Trade Zone (GFTZ)
Major employers in Union City include Walmart, Kraft Foods, Kroger, Universal Forest Products, Sears and Newell Rubbermaid.
Riverdale has a population of over 14,000 residents and is located in both Fulton and Clayton counties. It is considered the second largest city in Clayton County. Top employment sectors in Riverdale include: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers, Couriers and Express Delivery Services, and General Freight Trucking. The median home price in Riverdale is $98,100 (lower than the national median) with approximately 6,417 housing units available. It is almost 50/50 owner-occupied and tenant-occupied. Riverdale schools are not rated amongst the best in the area. Although, more than 55% of its population holds a high school diploma, and just over 10% hold a college degree.
Gwinnett County has a population of more than 842,000 and is the second most populous county in the state of Georgia. Gwinnett is known as the premier location in Metro Atlanta for growing and conducting business. As a leader in investment and job creation, Gwinnett is home to Fortune 500 and global headquarters of AGCO Corporation, NCR, Primerica and RockTenn. More than 60 international companies have chosen Gwinnett for their U.S. or global headquarter operations, such as Mitsubishi Electric, Ricoh Electronics, Suniva and WIKA Instruments.
Investment and trade is encouraged through the relocation and expansion assistance of local and regional partners. Gwinnett caters to domestic and international businesses of all sizes and works to promote their targeted sectors, which are Advanced Manufacturing, Headquarters and Professional Services, Health Sciences and Services, Informational Technology Solutions and Supply Chain Management.
Gwinnett County’s education is a top priority for parents, employers, and elected officials. Gwinnett offers some of the highest-ranking public and private schools in the Southeast and the nation. Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta are home to 57 public and private institutions of higher education, including Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Technical College. More than 250,000 students are enrolled in fields of study ranging from biological sciences and engineering to business and health professions.
Gwinnett is home to cities such as Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Snellville, Dacula, Lilburn, Loganville and Peachtree Corners.
Lawrenceville, located 30 miles northeast of Downtown Atlanta, has a population of approximately 30,000. With a youthful median age of 32, Lawrenceville serves as home and host to individuals and families who come here from around the globe. Proximity to Atlanta is a convenience, yet residents still have everything they desire and need within city limits from state-of-the-art medical, educational and governmental facilities to thriving business, culture and recreational opportunities. Lawrenceville is the second oldest city in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and one of the city’s major employers is Cisco Systems Inc., which bought Scientific-Atlanta in 2006 for more than $7 billion. Lawrenceville is also home to a AAA baseball team, attracting visitors throughout the season.
Duluth, is home to 28,000 residents and educational institutions such as ITT Technical Institute-Duluth and Atlanta Institute of Music. Ranked in 2015 among the safest cities in Georgia, Duluth has a remarkably low crime rate. (Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.48)
Duluth is a culturally diverse and vibrant community where families and businesses alike thrive. The City offers everything to truly capture the spirit of good living. With sidewalks and bikeways that connect all areas of the city, celebrations such as the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Duluth Fall Festival, concerts, dining delights, multiple entertainment and shopping venues, make Duluth an active, prosperous community. With easy access to Atlanta, Duluth offers the best of big-city amenities and small-town ambiance.
Norcross is a highly sought after bedroom community of the greater Atlanta area, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Everest Institute-Norcross, Ashworth College and Academy of Somatic Healing Arts are all located within city limits. Norcross’ historic downtown is only 25 minutes north from the heart of downtown Atlanta, offering easier commutes to work with access to I-85, I-75, I-285, Highway 400 and Atlanta’s Rapid Transit System (MARTA). Within minutes of leaving the city you can enjoy world-class sports, arts, and natural attractions.
Buford, home to approximately 13,000 residents has come a long way since its beginnings in 1872 as a depot on the railway line between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Major domestic and international companies have established operations in Buford. The Buford Dam has become a major source of power for the state, and Lake Lanier Islands is recognized as a premier recreational development in the Southeast.
Companies have located operations in Buford for some very solid reasons including:
• Well-developed infrastructures enhance the efficiency of business operations and favorably impact bottom-line profits
• Abundant, highly motivated, production-oriented labor force.
• City-owned water, sewer, gas and electric systems provide the lowest utility rates in the area
• Excellent, locally-controlled primary and secondary education system with a large number of major universities and technical schools within a 50-mile radius
• Scenic beauty and small town friendliness that create a nurturing environment for employees.
• Major industrial and commercial acreage available on major transportation arteries priced to attract new business.
Buford also offers access to top of the line health services at Gwinnett Medical Center, Joan Glancy Hospital and NE Georgia Medical Center. Retail shopping is also easy accessible including Mall of Georgia, Art Colony Downton and Tannery Row Antique Mall.
Snellville has an approximate population of 19,000 with a median household income of $62,537. Job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 37.70%. Sales, office, administration, management, business and finance, engineering, science and education careers account for a majority of Snellville’s residents. With Gwinnett’s focus on business and education, Snellville will continue to grow for years to come.
Dacula has become a highly sought after residential community with approximately only 5,000 residents. In earlier times, the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railway laid tracks through the area that was to become Dacula. In recent years, many subdivisions have been built within the city limits. Since 2000, Dacula has seen a population growth of 44.25% With an average commute of 34 minutes and a median home cost of $180,600 (up 15.4% from last year), it’s easy to see why Dacula is a sought after real estate market.
Lilburn is home to Gwinnett College and approximately 13,000 residents. Lilburn’s median age is 34.5 years with an average household income of $75,327, reported higher than the national average. The median home value is reported at approximately $141,879. With a majority of current residents in the management, business and finance, construction, production and transportation fields (some of Georgia’s most targeted sectors); future job growth is predicted to be 37.70% over the next ten years.
Loganville is located within both Walton and Gwinnett Counties and is centrally located between Atlanta and Athens, Georgia with an approximate population of 11,000. Loganville’s schools maintain the school of excellence status and the city is only minutes from major universities and technical colleges including University of Georgia, Gwinnett Technical College and Athens Technical College.
Loganville High School, a Walton County Public school, along with private school Loganville Christian Academy, are true assets to the community. With a combined enrollment of 2,100 students and an averaged graduation rate of 95 percent, Loganville High School and Loganville Christian Academy are both recipients of many awards and honors. Their SAT scores are in the top echelon and the schools have earned a combined total of $7.4 million in annual scholarship dollars. Post-secondary percentages for LHS are more than 80% and 100% of LCA’s seniors have been accepted to college.
Loganville’s tag line of Where People Matter is more than a phrase; it’s a constant reminder of the values and principles that make the community great. The unique blend of hometown feel mixed with modern conveniences is why so companies and organizations find Loganville a great place to open their doors and prosper.
Peachtree Corners has a population of approximately 38,550 accounting for almost 5% of Gwinnett’s total population, and is expected to grow to 40,954 by 2017. With a median age of 33.9 years, the average household income is about $95,000. Over one third of households earn more than $100,000 per year. More than 60% of the population has a college degree. Peachtree Corners offers a high-end real estate market with a median home value of $292,200. There are approximately 16, 167 housing units available, 58% owner occupied and 42% tenant occupied.
In 1978 the U.S. Congress created the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area consisting of 48 miles of the river from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek. The area includes the nearly seven miles of river front that marks the western border of the City of Peachtree Corners.
Henry County is known for its top rated schools making it prime real estate for first time home buyers and families. Henry County’s easy access to the Port of Savannah has led to a boom in the logistics and distributions industries. With 20 buildings, 400,000 square feet or larger, the county has helped lead to a boom in “very large bulk industrial buildings.” In 2011, Henry County purchased the Clayton County Airport and its surrounding 500 acres creating a huge asset – not only with corporate aircraft but with the opportunity to recruit aviation-based companies and other industries into the area. Some of the top employers in Henry County include: Henry County Schools, Piedmont Henry Hospital, Henry County Government, Federal Aviation Administration, and Briggs & Stratton. Henry County is home to cities such as McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton and Locust Grove.
McDonough, located just 30 minutes south of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is home to approximately 23,000 residents. Since 2000, the city has experienced a population growth of nearly 100%. McDonough has been ranked as “Extremely Livable” based on low cost of living, sunny weather, high graduation rates and the abundance of nearby amenities. With a cost of living 4% lower than the national average and a violent crime rate 32% below both Georgia and National averages, it’s easy to see why future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 36.90%. Many new residents are commuters therefore express lanes are being added to I-75 to provide better access and reduce commute time for all. The city maintains its southern charm while also providing a thriving economy for residents and businesses alike continually attracting a young, vibrant workforce.
Stockbridge, located 20 miles south of Atlanta and just 12 miles east of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is known as the gateway to Henry County. With its close proximity to major interstates, Stockbridge is an ideal bedroom community of Atlanta with approximately 28,000 residents. Stockbridge continues to enjoy tremendous growth due to supportive economic development, high quality public services and small town hospitality.
Hampton is home to Atlanta Motor Speedway, and approximately 7,100 residents. Hampton receives more visitors each year than any other city in the county, and AMS races draw more visitors than any other sporting event in the state. Large employers in the area include Southern States, which manufactures high-voltage disconnects for the electric industry, and the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center, which serves the southeastern United States. Located comfortably south of Atlanta, Hampton offers the benefits of a small town atmosphere.
Locust Grove is another small town community in Henry County, home to approximately 5,700 residents, with an average household income of $71,911. Locust Grove has more than 40 trains pass through its city each day linking Atlanta to the Port of Savannah. Although part of one of the fastest growing counties in America, Locust Grove refuses to sacrifice great quality of life or lose its identity as an ideal bedroom community to call home. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 36.90%.
Newton County has a population of 104,446 and includes cities such as Covington, Oxford and Social Circle. All Newton County schools are fully accredited and recognized at both state and national levels for excellence in academics, athletics, arts and extra-curricular activities. The schools also offer a wide variety of programs including services for academically gifted students and students with disabilities. With a majority of the residents in the medical, sales, management, finance and education industries, Newton County offers a booming economy and a prime real estate market. In 2014, Newton’s major employers were Acuity Brands Lighting, Henry Medical Center, Hill Phoenix, Pike Electric, The Home Depot and Walmart.
Newton includes cities such as Covington, Oxford, and Social Circle.
Covington is located 35 miles southeast of Atlanta and is home to approximately 13,500 residents. Called the “Hollywood of the South”, Covington attracts tourists year round. Tourism and television/film production are leading factors in Covington’s growing economy. Covington officials are practicing several approaches to a continual improvement of their city that include: retaining and expanding the existing business sector, enhancing Covington Airport’s role as a key asset to the community, promote local agricultural and economic uses of green land, expanding educational opportunities and promoting lifelong learning. The City of Covington is an active participant in the pursuit of local and regional economic development strategies. Some of Covington’s top employers include: Walmart, The Kroger Company, General Mills Operations, Inc. and Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc.
Whether seeking employment, considering relocation of an existing business or a brand new endeavor, the City of Covington continues to be a top choice.
Oxford, with a population of 2,200 is home to Oxford College of Emory University. Since 2000, Oxford has seen a population increase of approximately 13%. The estimated median household income is $49,000, seeing an increase from just a few years prior at $38,698.
Social Circle, a city known for its live theater performances, holiday celebrations, festivals, lectures, wellness walks, car shows, etc. is a historic community just 40 miles east of Atlanta. With a population of approximately 4,300, residents enjoy a small-town active lifestyle.
Paulding County is recognized as one of Georgia’s most competitive counties when it comes to business costs and incentives. The county recognizes the importance of maintaining a strong, businesses-friendly environment that is highly conducive for companies to grow, create new jobs, and invest in their facilities.
Some of the incentives available for new and expanding businesses in Paulding include:
• The most aggressive property tax abatements in Metro Atlanta.
• Georgia Job Tax Credits and Opportunity Zone Job Tax Credits that can be applied against state corporate income taxes and payroll withholding taxes.
• County-owned business parks and industrial sites that are priced below market.
• New facility construction for turnkey purchases or lease backs through the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority, which are often priced below market.
• Paulding County Economic Development Grants for building improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and/or moving costs.
• Reduced permit and connection fees.
• Fast track development and permit processing.
• Access to the One Georgia and Regional Economic Business Assistance (REBA) grant programs.
• One hundred percent inventory tax exemption for qualified raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods under Georgia’s local option “Freeport” law.
• Sales and use tax exemptions for equipment used in manufacturing.
• Customized training for new employees at no cost through Georgia’s Quick Start program.
Paulding County’s target industries that are the focus of the county’s business recruitment efforts are: aerospace and aviation, automotive supply, machinery & equipment, medicinal health, and film/TV. For many years, Paulding County was a bedroom community in Atlanta, but that has begun to change in recent years with the growth of homegrown businesses, as well as the establishment and relocation of companies from other areas of the US.
Paulding County includes cities such as Dallas and Hiram.
Dallas is located in the heart of Paulding County, Georgia’s second fastest growing county, with a city population of 12,500. Dallas is home to Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University. Sara Babb Park, Coleman Camp Park and the Dallas Theater Civic Center are just a few examples of the recreational amenities the city has to offer. Dallas is also home to several Civil War Historical sites, attracting tourists each year. In addition, many local, regional and national restaurant establishments are based out of Dallas, and throughout Paulding County. With the benefits of being close to the City of Atlanta, Dallas offers the best in local life, and small town charm, for its residents and businesses.
Hiram, was established as a sleepy, rural railroad town and has progressed into the major commercial corridor for Paulding County. With an approximate population of 3,700 Hiram is known to blend the best of the past, present and future. Hiram’s downtown business district offers a relaxed, nostalgic and shopping experience while only a moment away from an impressive and growing variety of modern conveniences including dining, shopping and entertainment making it one of Atlanta’s most desirable suburbs. The population has been on the rise, up 160% between the 2000 and 2010 census. Because of the rise in population, WellStar Health System has opened a new 295,000 square foot hospital in Hiram, the first hospital in the state with a geothermal heat pump system expected to save 30% in energy costs. Hiram’s future growth relies on the continued expansion of Atlanta’s suburbs. It is still more rural than suburban in feel and the major attraction to investors is price point – for newer homes in a great location.
Rockdale County is a fast growing and dynamic suburban community located 24 miles east of Atlanta. The second smallest of Georgia’s 159 counties, the estimated population is 76,900.
Rockdale is known for its excellent school system, an abundance of recreational opportunities and it home to the city of Conyers’ Georgia International Horse Park, site of the 1996 Olympic Equestrian events.
Conyers is the only city in Rockdale County, with a population of approximately 15,000 (an increase of 46.1% since 2000). 80% of Conyers’ population has a high school diploma or higher.
Conyers is home to Pratt Industries, America’s fifth largest paper and packing company. They just celebrated the opening of its newest recycling Material Recovery Facility. Conyers is also home to Georgia Career Institute.
Although it has remained a county of small-town communities, Spalding County’s close proximity to Atlanta has attracted new residents from the city. Several regional facilities, including Spalding Regional Medical Center, Griffin Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College, also draw people to the area. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences supports a Griffin campus that provides agricultural education, conducts research, maintains an agricultural extension service, and serves the needs of area residents and farmers with information and other assistance. Future job growth over the next ten years is expected to be 35.30%.
With a population of 24,000, Griffin, is strategically located between Atlanta and Macon. With several college campuses, 900+ acres of business and industrial parks, strong school systems, a solid utility infrastructure and a low cost of doing business, Griffin has much to offer new or relocating businesses. An available and affordable workforce.