Economic Development Around the State
Clear Site: Eye-care products manufacturer Alcon is investing $97 million in an expansion in Johns Creek, part of a multi-year project to increase production capacity for a line of its contact lenses.
Cyber Funding: The Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta has received $35 million in funding to expand, adding an incubator hub for technology startups and training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs.
Sweet Deal: Byrd Cookie Co. is expanding in Savannah with a new flagship retail store and corporate offices along with a 1,700-foot production line. The $4-million project will create more than 50 jobs.
Rome Flooring: Belgian floor-covering company Balta Home USA recently opened a 320,000-square-foot distribution center in Floyd County and plans to employ 70 people.
IT Expansion: CapTech, a management and IT consulting firm, is expanding its Midtown Atlanta office just one year after opening. Plans include adding 6,000 square feet of space and doubling its workforce, adding 50 jobs next year.
Lawrenceville Mixed-use: A $200-million, 32-acre mixed-use development has been unveiled for Lawrenceville. Called The South Lawn project, it will feature 600 residential units and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Groundbreaking on the largest redevelopment project in Gwinnett County is expected this spring.
More Beer: Cumming-based Cherry Street Brewing is opening a second location in Halcyon, the $370-million mixed-use project in Forsyth County.