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Deep Roots

Georgia is blessed with an almost year-round growing season – one reason that agribusiness routinely ranks as the state’s No. 1 industry. With almost 10 million acres of farmland, the Peach State has a long history of agriculture. Anyone who’s…

Kids’ Care Zone

In just two years, the number of pediatric hospitals in Georgia doubled, from two to four. In 2019 Atrium Health Navicent’s Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital opened in Macon, and in March 2021 Memorial Health’s Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s…

Southwest Georgia: Open for Business

Economic development leaders across Southwest Georgia are all singing the same tune this year as they welcome continued growth in various forms, from population increases to new and expanding industries. With total investments in the hundreds of millions and new…

A World of Opportunities

The past few years have been tough on many in the Georgia trade community. Georgia’s agricultural exporters were hit with back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, and federal trade policy and messaging from the previous administration was often confusing. Then…

Economic First Responders

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires – it’s not uncommon for businesses to have contingency plans in place for disasters like these. But a pandemic? Turns out, banks were prepared for that, too. “Contingency plans are required by the regulators. They’re updated annually,…

Boosting Business Skills

A master of business administration, or MBA, has long been considered the gold standard in business credentials. That thinking seems to have gained support during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the period of economic instability offered opportunities for resumé building with…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Southwest

Southwest Georgia is on the rise. Throughout this largely rural region, local economies are emerging from a pandemic pause and gearing up for expansion. Manufacturing and other sectors have been largely unscathed. Many continued to produce products and some found…