"We really love having a business in downtown Thomasville. It allows us to interact with our community, and it gives our customers a way to interact with our brand." 

- Jessica Little, Co-owner, Sweet Grass Dairy

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About Southwest Georgia

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Located in southwest Georgia, Region 10 is comprised of 14 counties and is home to Albany State University, which has launched special programs in blockchain technologies, including data analytics and machine learning. Both Colquitt and Grady counties are active in the Archway Partnership, a University of Georgia program that brings together area leaders to prioritize local needs and identify projects that benefit the local communities and businesses.

The region is a sportsman’s paradise, home to world-class hunting.  Major employers include Sanderson Farms, MillerCoors, Proctor & Gamble, Flowers Foods, and National Beef Packaging company. 

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Tina Herring
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Southwest Georgia 14 Counties Strong

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150,000+

labor force

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Thomasville

home to more than 70 historical plantations

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Blakely

known as the "Peanut Capital of the World"

Area Counties
Baker
Calhoun
Colquitt
Decatur
Dougherty
Early
Grady
Lee
Miller
Mitchell
Seminole
Terrell
Thomas
Worth

Pebble Hill Plantation

Shaw Industries

Businesses in the Region
Taurus
Georgia Pacific
TECT
Mars Chocolate
Nubor Tubular Products
Robert Bearden Trucking
Hays LTI
“After four years working alongside farmers in South Georgia, Forquímica is very excited to join and to be part of the Moultrie community as we start our crop nutrition manufacturing plant. We are looking forward to growing together for many years to come.”
Reginaldo Zandonade, Manager of Forquímica’s Moultrie facility
“We chose the location in Georgia because of the proximity of several big players in the professional AV industry, who are now among our customers also aimed at the education market. The availability of qualified staff and the support from the local authorities in the area made it an excellent location for our business. Atlanta is also an easy to reach hub for national and international travel and the people are friendly and the climate is great.”
Eric Kamerbeek, Vice President of Thomas Regout Inc.
“Here at Nivel Parts and Manufacturing, we are proud to call Georgia our home and a center of excellence for research, design, and manufacturing."
Rob Darrow, Director of Change Management at Nivel

SouthLife Supply Co. | 2018 Small Business ROCK STAR

“Georgia is an amazing place for small business,” states Heather Abbott, co-founder of SouthLife Supply Company. “The resources that we found from our small business development team to our local chamber…Georgia and Thomasville in general are very unique places to be.” Aside from friends and family that served as the first test markets for SouthLife products, the Abbott's have also had assistance from the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center as well as the Thomas County Development Authority. The success of SouthLife allowed the company to move to a new retail location on Broad Street in Thomasville.

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2017 Georgia Small Business ROCK STAR: Sweet Grass Dairy Making a sweet connection in Georgia

A landmark in downtown Thomasville, Sweet Grass Dairy operates as both a cheese shop and full-service restaurant. Like many entrepreneurs, Jeremy and Jessica Little knew that they could not succeed by working alone, and enlisted the help of groups within the community; including the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Thomas County, which helped in connecting the Littles to resources at the local and state level to provide assistance. They also received help from two of Georgia's Centers of Innovation – Manufacturing and Agribusiness and were selected to participate in the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, which connected the Little's to resources and expertise, including FoodPic, the food lab of the University of Georgia.

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The Value of the Right Connections: Thrush Aircraft

Thrush Aircraft is a global leader in the aviation sector, producing aircraft for agricultural spray operations. Through the help of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, they were able to create their newest model, the 510G and added over 40 jobs to their manufacturing facility in Albany, Georgia. This video is the perfect example of the support the Center of Innovation for Aerospace provides Georgia-based businesses.

Ms. Rutha Mae Harris & the Albany Civil Rights Institute

The Freedom Singers emerged from Albany, Georgia, in 1962 with a goal of educating communities through song about civil rights. By 1963 they were performing at the March on Washington and the Newport Folk Festival. Today, you can still hear these powerful songs at the Albany Civil Rights Institute at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

Swamp Gravy Productions at Cotton Hall

This small community theater tells the folk-life stories of locals throughout Miller County, Georgia. This once abandoned, 100 + year cotton mill has been transformed into a grassroots cultural center in the area, and has brought a greater appreciation for the arts in the community, as well as enhanced economic development for more than 25 years.