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About East Central Georgia

Region 5 - Northeast/Central Georgia

Located in East Central Georgia, and home to the first land grant university in America, the University of Georgia in Athens, Region 5 has a labor force of more than 300,000. Sixty percent of residents have either some college, a bachelor’s, or advanced degree. The area has a diverse industry base including manufacturing, food processing, call/data centers and logistics distribution.

Playing a role in more than 120 productions, Covington is well known as the fictitious town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, in the supernatural television phenomenon, The Vampire Diaries. The region is well known for some of the most outstanding food and beverage establishments in the state, along with well-known, challenging and exciting outdoor activities and extreme sports. Rejuvenate at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee, visit historic Monticello (home to Trisha Yearwood), or hike in the Oconee National Forest.

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Kristen Miller,
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East Central Georgia

East Central Georgia

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17 Locations

of UGA's SBDC across Georgia

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2,000 Jobs

created by SK innovation

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120 Productions

in Covington

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Businesses Located in this Region
SK innovation
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“SK innovation is a world-class company and a leader in the energy, petrochemical and lubricants industries. Jackson County, GA, is centrally located in the Southeast United States’ growing automotive industry and we’re excited that companies like SK innovation are taking advantage of our strategic location. Working with SK innovation has been a great experience and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Jackson County family.”
John Scott, Jackson County Development Authority (JCDA) Director of Economic Development
"Our company is proud to be operating in the State of Georgia now for over twenty-two years.”
Paul Carroll, President and CEO, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
“We are pleased to bring 500 jobs to the city of Athens as we expand our Sales & Service operations to support the rapid growth of the business.”
Tom Svitil, Head of Sales and Service, Wayfair

Wayfair Calls Athens-Clarke County Home

In a move to better serve their customers across the country, Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home, selected Athens-Clarke County as the location for their new customer support facility. “This is a testament to the economic development assets available in Athens-Clarke County and this region,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Our world-class logistics network has become a magnet for e-commerce companies looking to grow and reach new markets, and we are thrilled that Wayfair chose Georgia.”

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Hitachi Automotive Systems America to Expand in Walton County

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. opened their first facility in Georgia in 1997. When they planned to expand their existing facility, they chose Monroe. "Our company is proud to be operating in the State of Georgia now for over twenty-two years,” said Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. President and CEO Paul Carroll. “The Georgia factory with its great workforce supplies advanced technology products for major automotive OEMs. We are happy to continue to invest in the State of Georgia as a result of our great partnership with all of our stakeholders.”

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Bringing Together Care and Community

When Georgia’s Council for the Arts were looking to provide the community with an opportunity to interact with original pieces of art from Georgia artists, they selected Elbert Memorial Hospital as the location in which to showcase the collection. “We believe deeply in the essential role that hospitals play in our rural communities not only as a care center, but as a nexus of well-being and community building, said Karen Paty, executive director of Georgia Council for the Arts.” 

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Business Grows in Georgia: ESCOGO

Monroe, Ga. based ESCOGO is on the cusp of exponential growth due in part to the assistance they gained through the Georgia Centers of Innovation. As ESCOGO needed to reformulate their product to meet customer demands, the Center connected them with the University of Georgia who provided the research to create a new product.

Japanese Investment in Georgia

This video provides a good overview of Japanese investment in Georgia, and the supporting resources Japan companies can find to help them succeed and grow. Executives from leading Japanese companies such as Hitachi Automotive, Rinnai and YKK tell their stories of doing business in Georgia.

The Georgia Bioscience Training Center

The facility features custom-made technology that simulates Baxalta’s biomanufacturing processes such as centrifugation, chromatography, nanofiltration and aseptic filling. It also has space for the aseptic production of pharmaceutical-grade clinical samples. Additionally, the training center is equipped to deliver training on a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies including mechatronics, metrology and process controls.

Caterpillar Grand Opening Georgia

Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Douglas Oberhelman came together with representatives from the state of Georgia, local media and Caterpillar employees for the official ribbon cutting of their new manufacturing facility near Athens. Many of the employees present at the event were trained free of charge by Georgia Quick Start, Georgia's top-ranked workforce training program. Watch this video to learn more about Caterpillar's decision to choose Georgia as their largest production facility in the United States.

Kubota Chooses Georgia for the Long Haul

Kubota recently announced the grand opening of its new $73 million manufacturing facility at Kubota Industrial Equipment in Jefferson, Georgia. The 522,000-square-foot plant on the 88-acre site recently began production of Kubota's 30- to 50-horsepower compact tractor models.