President’s Message

On behalf of the Athens Area Chamber I want to welcome you to our chamber website. We are proud to represent and support our outstanding business community. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has a heritage dating back more than 100 years in our community that is the best of all worlds. It’s the best place that I know of to live, work, play and raise a family. Athens is perfectly located: an hour from Atlanta, another hour to the mountains, 3 hours to the beach and the University of Georgia is here in our backyard. Today, in addition to a broad and diverse business community, we also boast a substantial and stable base of industries.

The Chamber is a tribute to the many small and large businesses alike as well as the many other diverse segments that make Athens a dynamic community and a medical referral and commerce center for Northeast Georgia. We’ve included links for many of our cultural, economic development, educational and government websites so that you can learn more about our wonderful town, our region, and its businesses. Now is the opportune time to invest in the Athens area, whether in Athens-Clarke County proper or in one of our fine and growing neighboring communities. We are blessed to have a number of colleges and universities in the Athens Area, which include the University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, Piedmont College and Athens Technical College. We also have top-ranked hospitals and physicians, an excellent public school system and an array of private schools. Our Classic Center is host to many great performances and conferences. It’s a great time to be in the Athens area and the best time to be a member of the Chamber. Come join us!

Lenn Chandler
Interim President/CEO
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce