3 Ways the Centers of Innovation Takes Your Business to the Next Level

We’re one of Georgia’s most unique economic development programs, and we offer a number of great services to help businesses connect to resources, collaborate in research, and grow in the marketplace.

The Centers of Innovation operate six individual centers with activity statewide in the key industries of – aerospace, agribusiness, energy technology, IT, logistics and manufacturing – and have primary offices in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, and Tifton. Here are 3 ways we can help your business grow in Georgia.


  1. Connections to key industry partners

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There is tremendous value in the right connections, and our team has roots that run deep throughout Georgia. Their industry network can get you connected to the right partners to take your business further. From industry associations and events, to our focused working groups, the Centers offer a number of services to help your business.

Example: We helped Thrush Aircraft make a connection with GE Aviation to manufacture the world’s first aircraft using their H-80 engine (WATCH VIDEO).

We also host the annual Georgia Logistics Summit, the Southeast’s largest logistics event with more than 2,000 attendees from across the country and around the world. Find out more here and mark your calendars for April 19-20, 2016.


  1. Technical Industry Expertise

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Our six teams are experts in their fields and know how to advance business in their industries. Hit a road block? These men and women will help you tackle any challenge, or put you in contact with those most appropriate for your needs.

Example: We helped Paulk Vineyards turn leftover muscadine skins into innovative products (WATCH VIDEO).


  1. World-Leading R&D Opportunities

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Our Centers are well-connected with Georgia’s institutions and can help you get your research and development funded and accomplished. From product commercialization and prototyping, to applied R&D, each Center is able to identify and make the appropriate research connection.

Example: Check out how we got Yamaha connected with Georgia Tech to innovate their WaveRunners (WATCH VIDEO).


**BONUS As a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Centers are a value-added resource. No matter how big or small your problem is, we want to help you solve it so that you become more competitive in the marketplace here in Georgia!

To connect with our teams and to contact the Centers of Innovation, please click here.

Contact GDEcD

For more information on Georgia’s public-private business partnerships, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development at 404.962.4000.

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