Economic Development

Athens Means Business

With unparalleled educational opportunities, groundbreaking research and medical services, and thriving business and retail expansion, Athens is redefining itself as a leader in the socioeconomic realm.


Athens Earns Accolades

  • Earned one of GA's "Green City" Awards - Insurify (2018)
  • Ranked #6 for "The Best Small Cities to Business and Careers" - Forbes (2018)
  • "Top 25 Best Places to Retire" - Forbes (2014-2018)
  • "25 Most Giving Cities in the US"- Travelocity (2016)
  • Ranked #7 for "Best College Campuses in America" - Business Insider (2018)
  • Ranked #2 for "Best College Football Towns in America" - USA Today Sports (2017)
  • "Top 17 Most Affordable US Cities" - Inuit Mint (2016)
  • 55% Increase in Business Licenses over the past five years