"The experience of where we want to live, the place we want to raise our family - a small town like Blue Ridge, Georgia, is ideal."

- Bill Oyster, Owner, Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods


About Northwest Georgia

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This fifteen county region in the northwest corner of Georgia is the home to the state’s first inland terminal, a powerful logistics rail gateway to and from the Port of Savannah.  Operated by CSX and the Georgia Ports Authority, it will serve as an economic development boon for the state and entire southeast U.S. while removing an estimated 50,000 trucks from local highways each year.

Region 1 is steeped in history, outdoor life and leisure activities. From Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground, historic Berry College in Rome, and Chickamauga National Military Park in Ft. Oglethorpe, to historic Blue Ridge in Fannin County and the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, this unique area offers abundant business opportunity in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

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Northwest Georgia 15 Counties Strong

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150+ carpet plants

making this region the Carpet Capital of the World 

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27,000 acres

at Berry College, the world's largest college campus

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48% of population

has some college or a degree

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Businesses Located in this Region
Toyo Tire of North America
GE Appliances
Shaw Industries
Roper Corporation
Kerry Foods
“We are thrilled to be opening our first distribution center right here in Georgia.”
Paul Trotti, Executive Director, Chick-fil-A
"We are excited to bring our technology leadership to Georgia in manufacturing solar modules and look forward to building long-term relationships to further expand our manufacturing base and contribute to environmentally sustainable energy solutions."
James Choi, Vice President of Hanwha Q CELLS Korea

GDEcD shows off Northwest Georgia to International VIPs

Since 1986, GDEcD has hosted the annual International VIP Tour, introducing members of the Georgia Consular Corps to a different region of the state and the local communities within that region. For 2019, guests traveled to Northwest Georgia to discover the businesses and communities that make up the region, and showcased the collaborative, business-friendly environment, vibrant cultural attractions and passionate citizens that exemplify Georgia. 

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Innovation where we live: The Importance of Universities in Local Innovation Ecosystems

Georgia’s universities and colleges are a prime resource in building a strong innovation ecosystem throughout our state. Three of Georgia’s great academic institutions, Berry College, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern University are fostering our workforce through the creation of programs that develop strong work based skills in students, that not only benefit companies throughout the state, but also fuel a new wave of innovation and local economic development and growth to these regions. 

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Korean Investment in Georgia

When Korean businesses search for locations offering superior global access, a talented workforce, and a low cost of doing business, they often end up in Georgia, U.S.A.

Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods | 2019 Small Business ROCK STAR

Blue Ridge's Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods is one of Georgia's 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS!