Economic Development

Business Attitude and Quality of Life Put Athens High on Site Selectors’ Lists

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.

Home to the internationally esteemed University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest federal land-grant university, Athens has become both a frontrunner in scientific research and also a culturally diverse center for the arts. As a major recipient of sponsored research within the University System of Georgia, UGA earned a total of $138 million in research awards in 2013 (Source: University of Georgia, Office of Institutional Research) to apply in significant areas of study including biotechnology, genetics, pharmaceuticals, and veterinary medicines.

With many aesthetically diverse liberal arts degrees also offered, the city is a major hub for musical, dance, theatrical, and artistic talents, which are showcased in art galleries, museums, theaters including the Georgia Theatre, and during festivals throughout the year.

UGA graduates and the Athenian workforce enjoy a thriving economy that is home to Fortune 500 companies and incredible entrepreneurship opportunities that are daily enhanced by the innovation and dedication of residents.

With the consolidation of local governments in 1992, the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County provides an unprecedented level of convenience when dealing with city/county services, permits, and licenses. The Economic Development Department provides resources and assistance that help to lower overall operating costs for prospective and existing businesses and industries. An impressive array of financial assistance, workforce development training programs, education, and staff development resources are available to foster growth within the private sector.

With the overall quality of life in Athens, it’s no wonder Money Magazine frequently rates Athens as one of the most attractive metropolitan areas in the nation.