Georgia is proud to be home to the thousands of companies that contribute to the economic well-being of their communities. Companies who choose to locate in Georgia and those who have built their businesses from the ground up here are some of the state’s most prized assets.
Economic development authorities and chambers of commerce exist to bring jobs, prosperity and a business-to-business based culture to the counties they represent. When a company decides to create or expand a business, they often work closely with the county’s economic development team who provides assistance to make the project a reality. GDEcD assists the county with industrial and business projects to offer state resources and business incentives.
Once the new company or expansion is “a go,” there is usually an opportunity provided by the chamber of commerce for local recognition such as a ground-breaking ceremony, ribbon cutting, open house or a press release. It’s a real cause for celebration because everyone knows that jobs are coming, an investment has been made in the community, and the company has committed to become or continue to be a valued local citizen.
Communities recognize the value of their businesses, and they want to make sure they know they are appreciated. Business and industry appreciation events are frequently held around the state in order to shine the spotlight on those deserving companies.
Barrow County, for example, in north Georgia, recognizes their local industries during Industry Appreciation Week with a luncheon held at Lanier Technical College. Warren County has been holding regular business appreciation events for 10 years. Upson County hosts a monthly manufacturers breakfast, and in Dougherty they hold a week-long celebration! Wherever the events take place, all the attending companies are the special guests and royalty for the day.
Of course, saying “thank you” to business and industry doesn’t end with just one day of appreciation. Community leaders bring networking, information, and valuable resources to their companies. And the state’s regional Project Managers visit over 1400 companies each year – these hardworking men and women bring state resources to the attention of local businesses, partnering with local community ED leaders to help companies expand.
To find out more information about existing industry events in your area, or if you’d like to learn more about a region of Georgia contact a member of our team!
Dara Barwick is the Director of the Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment Program within the department’s Global Commerce Division. She and her team assists companies in locating or expanding in Georgia.