Economic Development: September 2014
Tops in Jobs: The Metro Atlanta region has been named No. 2 in the nation for job growth according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The fastest-growing employment sectors are leisure and hospitality, construction, and professional and business services. Forsyth, Henry and Paulding counties saw the highest relative increase in employees from 2000 to 2013.
New Inland Port: Georgia’s second inland terminal will open in 2018 on 42 acres in Chatsworth. The Appalachian Regional Port’s service area will include North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and will provide a direct rail link to the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. The facility will initially have an annual capacity of 50,000 containers, with plans to double that amount within 10 years. Officials estimate each container moved by rail to the new port will offset 355 truck miles on Georgia highways.
Cooking Up a Consolidation: CSM Bakery Solutions, a $3-billion international provider of bakery ingredients, products and services, is relocating its global headquarters to Sandy Springs, consolidating several regional functions into one location. The $5.5-million investment will create 120 jobs and bring total employment in Georgia to more than 800.
Slam Dunk: The Harlem Globetrotters are moving south. The team’s parent company, Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., is relocating from Phoenix to Gwinnett County, moving 51 jobs.
Buckhead Software: Healthcare payments software firm Patientco is expanding in Atlanta and planning to triple its workforce over the next 18 months, adding up to 100 jobs.