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Economic Development Around the State

We’re No. 1: Georgia just rose to the top once again. According to a study by the nonprofit FilmL.A., the state hosted more feature film productions in 2016 than any other market in the world. Those productions spent more than $2 billion in the state.


Data Hub: Las Vegas-based tech company Switch will be breaking ground on a $2.5-billion, 1-million-square-foot data center campus in Douglas County. The project will be 100 percent powered by renewable energy and include 65 new jobs.


$53 Million of Mixed-Use: In downtown Gainesville, three projects will be getting underway: a $12-million, 60,000-square-foot office building; a $16-million, 15,000-square- foot mixed-use project with restaurants, retail and 40 luxury condominiums; and a $25-million development with 30,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurants and 150 apartments above.


Fulton Food: New Jersey-based Schweid & Sons recently opened a 60,000-square-foot ground beef processing facility in College Park, creating 90 jobs.


Douglas Expansion: Aluminum extrusions and parts manufacturer Elixir Extrusions LLC is expanding in Douglas-Coffee County. The $8-million investment will include 100 new jobs.


Healthcare Headquarters: Jackson Healthcare is expanding in Alpharetta. The $100-million expansion of the healthcare staffing company’s headquarters will include another 306,000 square feet and the addition of 1,400 employees over the next five years.


Plush Digs: Serta Simmons Bedding is opening a new headquarters facility at Doraville’s Assembly, the $2-billion redevelopment of the former General Motors plant. The move will consolidate several facilities, bringing 500 employees to the campus.

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