2011 Economic Yearbook: Ready Set Grow

Georgia’s economic developers and business leaders are expressing muted optimism for the coming year. Truthfully, many of them had expected a little more activity than the last few months have shown. They are not discouraged, just determined to work a bit harder.
As a new administration settles in, bringing new initiatives and ideas – and a new head of the state Economic Development Department, Chris Cummiskey, Georgia Trend writers found there is good news from every region of the state to build upon.
In Metro Atlanta, work continues on infrastructure, and healthcare looks strong in several areas, including Coweta and Fayette. Northwest Georgia saw some former manufacturing industry employees called back to work at Shaw and Mohawk. Northeast Georgia is benefiting from a diverse economy.
West Georgia is still bustling from activity surrounding the KIA plant and the influx of soldiers to Fort Benning. Central Georgia welcomed a new solar panel manufacturer, MAGE Solar in Laurens. In East Central Georgia, Augusta remains strong and Bulloch County had good news to report.
Southwest Georgia should get a big bump from the Cordele Intermodal Center, and Southeast Georgia is seeing healthy expansion of existing industry.
Stories in this year’s Economic Yearbook were reported and written by Karen Rosen, Mary Welch, Jerry Grillo, Christy Simo, Karen Kennedy, Linda M. Erbele, Bobby Nesbitt and Ed Lightsey.
The Simon S. Selig, Jr. Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business provided the statistical information for the tables in the yearbook. Georgia’s 159 counties are divided into eight regions, established in 1996; each table lists the counties alphabetically within the region.
Population and income data for 2010 have been projected based on 2005-2008 trends (income) and 2005-2009 trends (population). Estimates of population and per capita personal income for 2010 are based on extensions of existing trends and reflect growth or decline based on data that already have been recorded.
Total population estimates are based on data through 2009 from the U.S. Census Bureau. County population projections for the year 2010 have been controlled to the reported state total for 2010. Employment data are for March covered employment, defined as jobs, by place of work, covered under Georgia’s unemployment insurance law, and are not comparable with other nonagricultural employment statistics.
Employment estimates are based on information through March 2010, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data for per capita personal income, by place of residence, were derived from data through 2008 issued by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and are given in current dollars.
Readers may visit the Selig Center’s website (www.selig.uga.edu) for additional information. – Susan Percy, Editor


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East Central




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