"Doing business in South Georgia is a real advantage for us. We always make it a point to make sure [our customers] know that we are very close to the Savannah port."

-Gene Williams, President, Optima Chemical


About Southeast Georgia

Southeast Map - Region 11

This 18 county region located in Southeast Georgia is home to 18 colleges and university campuses, including a major state university in Valdosta.  With excellent access to the ports, rail, and interstates, agriculture and manufacturing are economic drivers within a diverse industry base.  More than 413, 000 people call Region 11 home. The area’s largest employers include Moody Air Force Base, South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta State University and Mayo Clinic Health System.  

Anchored by Valdosta, the region has a strong sense of place as seen through its historic small towns, four state parks, symphony, theater, scenic rivers and of course, North America’s largest “black water” swamp, the Okefenokee.

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Elizabeth McLean
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Southeast Georgia 18 Counties Strong

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Valdosta named "TITLE TOWN"

 by ESPN for local sports victories

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Okefenokee Swamp

one of the world's largest intact freshwater ecosystems

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Berrien County

home to more than 1,400 veterans

Area Counties
Ben Hill

Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site

Banks Lake, Lanier County

Peanut Harvest, Fitzgerald, GA

“We are thrilled about our plans to build a new facility in Tifton as it will allow us to optimize our distribution network and better serve our customers for decades to come.”
John Sherman, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED
"Aviagen looks forward to becoming part of the Brooks County community and feels the Quitman hatchery will be a good complement to the area. Quitman's strategic location gives us more flexibility to supply our domestic customers with quality breeding stock."
Kevin McDaniel, President of Aviagen
“Georgia, specifically the Valdosta region, will allow us to run a very flexible, efficient, and cost-effective manufacturing operation, while remaining close to our customer base in the South and eastern parts of the United States. We wish to thank local and state officials who have been instrumental in the site selection process and look forward to working with local businesses as we become an active member of the Valdosta community.”
José de Diego-Arozamena, CEO of Arglass Yamamura

Arglass Yamamura to Build First U.S. Glass Plant in Lowndes County, Creating Over 150 Jobs

With its highly-trained workforce, unmatched logistics network, and pro-business climate, the Peach State has solidified its reputation as a top competitor for manufacturing investment in recent years. So when Arglass Yamamura, LLC were looking to build its first U.S. glass container manufacturing plant, they selected Valdosta, Lowndes County as the site for their U.S. operations. Arglass Yamamura noted Valdosta’s highly-skilled workforce, affordability, educational infrastructure, and close proximity to markets along the East Coast as determining factors for its specialty manufacturing operations. “Georgia, specifically the Valdosta region, will allow us to run a very flexible, efficient, and cost-effective manufacturing operation, while remaining close to our customer base in the South and eastern parts of the United States.” 

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Archer Forest Products to invest $15 million in Brantley County

Since Georgia is the number one forestry state in the nation, it was a natural fit for Archer Forest Products to expand their footprint in Georgia and Brantley County and take advantage of Georgia’s incredible resources. Archer Forest Products, a significant, reliable and sustainable supplier of wood pellets to the European industrial market, will create 35 jobs and invest $15 million in Brantley County.

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From Juices to Supplements: Muscadine Products Corporation

After making muscadine grape juice, the Paulk family decided to do something about the leftover skins and seeds. That's when they called upon the Centers of Innovation for Agribusiness. The center helped the family obtain a grant that analyzed the skins and seeds to create natural dietary supplements.