About Southeast Georgia
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.
Southeast Georgia 18 Counties Strong
by ESPN for local sports victories
one of the world's largest intact freshwater ecosystems
home to more than 1,400 veterans
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.”
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.
April 18, 2023 Fitzgerald Site in Ben Hill County Earns ‘Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development – Select’ Certification
ATLANTA – April 18, 2023 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County Development Authority, today announced...
September 7, 2022 Commercial Roofing Industry Leader to Expand in Georgia, Invest $146M in Lowndes County
ATLANTA, GA – September 7, 2022 – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that GAF Materials, a Standard Industries company and one of the largest...
May 4, 2022 Georgia-based Nutrition Nonprofit MANA Nutrition Breaks Ground on $36 Million Expansion in Fitzgerald
ATLANTA – May 4, 2022 – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that MANA Nutrition, a Georgia-based nonprofit that produces ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to...
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.