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  • LaFayette’s former K-Mart building off the market 11/28/17

    Local textile manufacturer Syntec Industries has purchased the property, according to Larry Brooks of the Walker County Development Authority. Brooks said Syntec will rehab the building and use it first for warehousing… with plans to expand into manufacturing there, later. 

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    Source: WQCH

  • Catoosa County to receive nearly $730,000 in grant funds for road projects 11/28/17

    Catoosa County's commissioners approved a grant application Tuesday night, Nov. 21, that will secure nearly $730,000 in funding for road projects.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Price of TVA power to drop to cheapest in at least five years for December 11/25/17

    The Tennessee Valley Authority adjusts its monthly power rates, in part, based upon the average cost of the fuel it uses to generate electricity and the federal utility is lowering its December fuel adjustment portion of consumer bills by 3.2 percent in December from the current rate.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • See Rock City chief presented with lifetime tourism achievement award 11/21/17

    Bill Chapin, chief executive at See Rock City Inc., was awarded the Tom Kilgore Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal this month.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Mohawk Industries to buy Australia's biggest carpet company 11/20/17

    Mohawk, already the world's biggest floorcovering company, said Monday it will acquire Godfrey Hirst Group, the leading flooring company in Australia and New Zealand with gobal sales of about $450 million in the fiscal year ended June 30.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Personal income up across all 15 counties of Northwest Georgia 11/19/17

    Per capita personal income grew in all 15 counties across the Northwest Georgia region from 2015 to 2016. 

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Finding a place in the sun: Rossville solar farm prepares to start up 11/16/17

    The new Rossville solar farm is expected to generate enough power for about 125 homes.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Volkswagen Chattanooga woos more minority suppliers 11/16/17

    KeeKee Mathis, supplier diversity manager for Volkswagen Chattanooga, said the automaker has a 10 percent goal for all purchasing. Last year, about $146 million in contracts went to minority-owned companies, Mathis said. That included companies from the Chattanooga area and others across the country, she said.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Walker County passes increase in sales tax to fund road improvement projects 11/15/17

    Walker County residents' vote to implement a 1 percent increase in sales tax to fund road improvement projects means a five-year increase will go into effect April 1. Some projects the new money might go to include 10 road resurfacing projects, totaling about $1.6 million.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chickamauga using grants, loans to improve water system; nearly halfway to funding $2.6 million project 11/14/17

    A willingness to allocate resources to secure specialized services, maintain a solid financial footing and commit to long-range planning is paying off for elected officials and residents of Chickamauga.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • GNTC is the Top Technical College in Georgia for Dual Enrollment Students for the Fourth Straight Year 11/7/17

    Dual enrollment offers students a preview of college, credits earned towards a degree before they graduate high school, and even helps with the financial cost of a college education.

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Canyon Ridge development renamed McLemore in potential $100 million project on Lookout Mountain 11/5/17

    The name is changing, but the dream of building an eye-popping mountaintop resort remains in what could be Walker County, Ga.'s biggest-ever single investment.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Wright School of Business Discusses Big Data 11/2/17

    As access to Big Data grows, more companies in Northwest Georgia will be able to use the information to their benefit.

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    Source: Dalton State College

  • Georgia governor pushes HOPE grant expansion for tech college students 10/30/17

    Gov. Nathan Deal said that he will push for expansion of a program that pays full technical school tuition through the HOPE scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in high-demand areas.

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    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Low unemployment numbers in September 10/30/17

    You’d have to look back to September of 2007 to find unemployment as low as Walker County’s latest figure: that’s 4 percent in September. The rate dropped from 4.6 percent in August. And every area county had lower unemployment: Catoosa, down from 4.1 to 3.7 percent; Chattooga, down from 4.9 to 4.2; Dade, down from 4.3 to 3.9; and Whitfield, down from 5.1 to 4.8 percent in September. The Northwest Georgia regional rate dropped to 4.2 percent, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.  

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    Source: WQCH

  • GDOT Hosts Job Fair 10/23/17

    The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Northwest Georgia (District 6) office will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the GDOT District Office, located at 500 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, Ga. 30120. The District Office plans to hire entry-level maintenance professionals.

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    Source: Dade Planet

  • Hiring for Appalachian Regional Port in Crandall, Ga., begins Monday 10/20/17

    Workers will be able to start applying for jobs at the Appalachian Regional Port next week, a year away from the major state investment's opening day.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Health insurance group seeks to pair millennials with health plans, announces $39 million investment in Rome 10/19/17

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced that Candor, a healthcare coverage marketplace specializing in pairing millennial consumers with top health plans, will create 675 professional jobs over a 5-year period in Floyd County. Through 2023, the company plans to invest $39 million into the local economy as it hires, builds out and trains its technical, sales and customer management teams.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Trenton ranked 17th best city in Georgia for small business starts 10/15/17

    Six towns in upper Northwest Georgia have been named among the top 100 towns in Georgia to start and maintain a small business, according to LendEDU. Other cities that made the list include Ft Oglethorpe, Ringgold, Rock Spring, Chatsworth and Ellijay.

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    Source: Discover Dade

  • Chattanooga-Atlanta bullet train could lure millions of air travelers to Chattanooga airport - First study phase finally done after a decade 10/15/17

    The federal environmental study sets a preferred train route that's aligned with Interstate 75 between the cities. It calls for building eight rail stations along the 120 miles of I-75, starting at the Atlanta airport and ending at Lovell Field and downtown Chattanooga.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Quick Start: A major key to Georgia’s manufacturing sector successes 10/15/17

    Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, has once again been voted the number one workforce training program in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year, according to a survey conducted by “Area Development” magazine.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • GHC hosting conference on the history, politics, society and cultural aspects of doing business in China 10/15/17

    The conference will take place on Georgia Highlands College's Floyd campus in the Student Center on October 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will cover the history, politics, society and cultural aspects of doing business in China.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Shaw Industries buys Chattanooga-based firm Tricycle 10/13/17

    Dalton-based Shaw Industries has bought Tricycle, a technology business servicing the commercial interiors business. Dalton-based Shaw Industries has bought Tricycle, a technology business servicing the commercial interiors business. 

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    Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

  • LaFayette continues to brainstorm with residents on future plans for city 9/29/17

    LaFayette leaders and residents are looking to a future where apathy is left behind and pride takes the lead. 

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • President Kevin Spiegel highlights growth at Erlanger hospital board meeting 9/29/17

    Hospital admissions were 9.1 percent greater than last year and net operating revenue for 2017 was $886.4 million, up from $824.3 million in 2016.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Technical College System of Georgia Extends State’s Workforce Development ties with Germany 9/28/17

    TCSG signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science. The partnership gives students and apprentices access to international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in order to maximize career opportunities.

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Brooks Named Georgia’s First Certified Economic Developer 9/26/17

    Larry Brooks, executive director of Walker County’s Development Authority, recently received his certificate for completing the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s two-year Economic Development Certification Program, the first in the state to do so.

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    Source: WQCH

  • Georgia named top state for business for fourth consecutive year 9/22/17

    Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation, named Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year.

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    Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development

  • Ringgold City Council considers going live on social media 9/19/17

    Ringgold officials recently discussed streaming City Council meetings on social media using Facebook Live.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Area counties report low unemployment in July 9/12/17

    In Walker County, unemployment fell from 4.9 percent in June to 4.8 in July. Chattooga County’s unemployment fell from 5.1 to 5 percent, and Catoosa County was down from 4.6 to 4.5 percent. Only Dade County “bucked the trend”… with employment up by 4-10th of a percent, to 5.2.

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    Source: WQCH

  • New industrial building going up in Walker County 9/12/17

    John Kiker Company received a 5-million dollar construction permit from the City of Lafayette, for erection of the new and larger industrial building where Quality Carpet Cushion once stood. According to the Walker County Development Authority, next door neighbor Unique Fabricating is among those considering a lease of the new building, when it is completed.

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    Source: WQCH

  • Whitfield County makes case for sales tax increase 9/6/17

    Because of the lack of funds and the growing need for road improvements, a referendum will be added to the ballot in November that, if passed by voters in the county, would raise Walker's sales tax by 1 percent. Similar to the tax county residents pay for education projects, the transportation special local option sales tax would be earmarked for road paving.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Tax software development company has plans to consolidate operations in Rome, double workforce 8/28/17

    Advanced Tax Solutions, LLC plans to bring engineering, quality assurance, and information security departments to its Rome office by the end of 2017.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Catoosa County: Best of Both Worlds – Retail, tourism and workforce development 8/2017

    In recent years, more and more people have bought into the idea that Catoosa offers the best of both worlds – rural and urban.

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    Source: Georgia Trend Magazine

  • Walker Co. Commissioner creates special district to pay down county's debt to Erlanger 8/24/2017

    Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield called for the formation of a special district to generate funds to pay down Walker County's debt owed to Erlanger Health System.

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    Source: News Channel 9

  • Shaw adds USFloors product lines bringing another 150 jobs to Ringgold 8/22/2017

    Shaw Industries is expanding its Resilient Manufacturing facility in Ringgold and is expected to boost employment at the plant from 100 to 250 employees.

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    Source: Catoosa EDA

  • Chattanooga Airport eyeing expansion, inks new six-year deal with CEO 8/22/2017

    Higher traffic at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is spurring officials to consider expanding the passenger concourse and boosting parking, and they're pursuing seasonal nonstops to Destin, Fla.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Hamilton Receives Workplace Excellence Award 8/17/2017

    Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) has been awarded the Workplace Excellence Award by the Bivarus Company.  

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    Source: Hamilton Health

  • Unemployment in Georgia falls to lowest rate in a decade 8/17/2017

    Despite a seasonal drop in employment last month, Georgia's jobless rate in July fell to its lowest level in a decade.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Array of nontraditional school options allow Catoosa students to customize education experience 8/16/2017

    In an ongoing quest to meet a broader range of student needs, Catoosa County Schools expects to expand its high school options even further by 2021 with the addition of the College and Career Academy.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Lafayette City Council held a one-hour work session on the West Lafayette Revitalization Initiative 8/11/2017

    Suggestions being studied include adding ordinances to allow bed and breakfast establishments and “pop up” retail, and the possibility of eliminating ordinances that hinder business development.

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    Source: WQCH

  • Walker County to hold public hearings on proposed tax increase and budget for 2018 8/9/2017

    Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield plans three public hearings this month to provide citizens with a better overview of the county’s fiscal 2018 budget, as well as an outline of how the county intends to address its debt.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Officials break ground on new sports medicine facility in Ringgold 8/7/2017

    Progress was the word used most often Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, as numerous elected officials, board members, and medical staff joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new sports medicine facility coming to Catoosa County.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Former Hutcheson hospital under new management: CHI Memorial to manage Cornerstone Medical Center 8/7/2017

    Chattanooga-based CHI Memorial has signed an agreement to manage Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Downtown Renaissance Partnership helps boost economic vitality in northwest Georgia 8/1/2017

    Downtown business districts in some northwest Georgia cities are getting a face-lift, thanks to the University of Georgia and funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chickamauga, Chatsworth, Rossville, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold are among the communities benefiting from the expertise of UGA faculty and students working with the Downtown Renaissance Partnership program in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

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    Source: University of Georgia

  • Walker County school system adding 29 teachers and a guidance counselor, thanks to $4 million in state funding 7/28/2017

    Gaining about $4 million of additional state funding allows Walker County Schools to increase staffing and improve the ratio of students-per-teacher for the 2017-18 school.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • GDOL to host a recruitment for LMCS in LaFayette 7/27/2017

    The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) LaFayette Career Center will help Lookout Mountain Community Services (LMCS) recruit about 20 employees to work in Chattooga and Walker counties. The company provides mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities services to individuals in the area. The recruitment will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the career center located at 200 West Villanow St. in LaFayette.

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    Source: The Summerville News

  • Amazon plans job fair in Chattanooga; hundreds of more workers sought at fulfillment center 7/26/2017

    Amazon says it plans to hire thousands of employees in what it calls the nation's largest job fair next month, including for its Chattanooga distribution center.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Catoosa, Walker roll out new state science, social studies standards 7/26/2017

    New instructional standards coming down from the Georgia Department of Education will be changing how Catoosa and Walker county schools teach their science and social studies courses. "We're looking at more lab studies and hands-on lessons and experiments," said Walker County Curriculum Director Robin Samples. "We're moving away from a lecture-based curriculum to better engage with our students.”  

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Southwest Airlines Donates Turbofan Engine to GNTC 7/24/2017

    Southwest Airlines recently donated a CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine worth approximately $100,000 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Aviation Training Center to provide students with advanced training in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining industry-grade aviation equipment.   

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Dade County to Offer Georgia Northwestern Courses This Fall 7/20/2017

    Northwest Georgia’s largest college is set to offer classes at Dade County High School this fall. Students will be earning high school and college credit at the same time through the state’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) program. MOWR allows high school students to earn college credit while still earning their high school diplomas.

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Governor, Georgia Leaders Break Ground on Georgia Northwestern Expansion 7/19/2017

    “Education should lead to employment,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC) Expansion Groundbreaking Tuesday. “We have accelerated the number of programs whose participants will have a job waiting for them. This is what education should encompass. We’re preparing people for the careers that are already available right here at home.”

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Inland Port Discussed by Wright School of Business 7/12/2017

    While many in Northwest Georgia have now heard about the inland port in Murray County, the full impact of the Appalachian Regional Port may not yet be understood. That’s the focus of a recent special edition of Dalton State’s Wright School of Business’ Business Analytics, a semi-annual publication from the Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship.

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    Source: Dalton State College

  • Georgia Winery celebrates expansion with ribbon-cutting 7/5/2017

    The Georgia Winery has a new warehouse which will allow the business to produce, distribute and store more of its famous sweet, Southern wine. Currently, the winery produces an estimated 150,000 bottles per year from its muscadine grapes, but with the new 2,500-square-foot space, that number is expected to grow, said employee Haley Long.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers free welding certification to young Georgia students 7/12/2017

    Getting technical certifications can be difficult — and expensive. That's why Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers Youth Success Academy, a four-week welding certification course, free of charge for qualifying residents of Walker, Catoosa, Dade, Chattooga and Floyd counties. 

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Public hearing scheduled concerning tax increase in Dade County 7/11/2017

    Dade County Commissioners voted unanimously to hold hearings to accept the growth for property tax revenue this year. Accepting the growth is considered a tax increase.

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    Source: Discover Dade

  • Pinnacle named Small Business Administration preferred lender 7/11/2017

    Pinnacle Bank, which acquired the former Capital-Mark Bank in Chattanooga in 2015, said Monday it has earned Preferred Lender Status from the U.S. Small Business Administration, giving Pinnacle final authority on SBA-backed loans.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • OneWalker app puts information in residents' hands 6/28/2017

    The Walker County Chamber of Commerce recently released the OneWalker app. The app, available for both iPhone and Android users, compiles business information, job postings, community calendars, coupon opportunities and government information in one convenient location. The app is completely free to download and use.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Lidl to invest $100 million to open distribution center in Bartow County 6/26/2017

    German global discount supermarket chain Lidl is set to invest $100 million to open a regional headquarters and distribution center in Bartow County.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • City of Trenton approves vote for transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax 6/26/2017

    Both city and county voters will be headed to the polls to vote on a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax – or T-SPLOST – that will add a 1% sales tax to be used for road and transportation projects; 75% of the 1% will go to Dade County and 25% will go to the City of Trenton if the measure passes.

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    Source: Discover Dade

  • Murray County anticipates new 'inland port' to open next year 6/25/2017

    At the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP), an "inland port" under construction on 42 acres in Murray County on U.S. Highway 411 just north of the unincorporated community of Crandall, shipping containers will be transferred from rail cars to semi trucks — and vice versa — after the port opens in October 2018.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Publix looking at Fort Oglethorpe store 6/23/2017

    Supermarket chain Publix is looking at growing its Chattanooga area footprint again with a possible store in Fort Oglethorpe. A Publix store would anchor a new shopping center at the corner of Battlefield Parkway and Dietz Road, according to development plans.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • AstroTurf merges manufacturing to one site in Dalton, Ga. 6/20/2017

    AstroTurf Corp., the Dalton, Ga., maker of athletic playing surfaces, is merging all its manufacturing under one roof as it moves to meet rising demand for its products.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • GNTC to Host Move On When Ready New Student Orientations at all Six Campuses in July 6/20/2017

    For three consecutive years, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia. Georgia’s Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.
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    Source: GNTC

  • Old Barwick Mills location in LaFayette is among sites being considered by a new manufacturing firm 6/12/2017

    The old Barwick Mills location in LaFayette is among sites being considered by a new manufacturing firm, according to the Walker County Development Authority. The unnamed firm has narrowed their search for a new building between a couple of sites in Walker Couny and competing sites in Tennessee and Alabama.


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    Source: WQCH

  • Over a million dollars in new housing was permitted in Walker County in May 6/12/2017

    Over a million dollars in new housing was permitted in Walker County during the month of May. Three new houses were started in the Chickamauga area, one in Rossville and four in the Rock Spring area. Total value of the new homes was projected at 1,168,000.


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    Source: WQCH

  • New Director of Economic Development, Water Reservoir, T-SPLOST and No More Brush at the Transfer Station for Dade County 6/11/2017

    Four groups, one position as an intergovernmental agreement is approved by county commissioners. The agreement provides for a sharing of funds from the county, City of Trenton, and Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to fund a full-time Director of Economic Development position at a cost of $75,000 total, which includes the cost of benefits.


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    Source: Discover Dade

  • Trion Town Council Reduces Tax On Mount Vernon Mills 6/7/2017

    Mount Vernon Mills will pay less in taxes in 2018 thanks to a vote by the Trion Town Council.
    Council members voted 4-1 earlier this month to increase the Freeport tax exemption to 60 percent from 40 percent. Councilman Casey Brown was the lone dissenting vote.


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    Source: The Summerville News

  • Date set for Citizens First name change 6/7/2017

    A change that has been percolating for several years will take place May 1, 2018. That’s when Citizens First Bank, 701 Broad St. and 800 Shorter Ave., will take the name of its parent corporation, Synovus and drop Citizens First.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Three Catoosa County Public Schools students graduate with dual degrees 6/6/2017

    Three Catoosa County Public Schools (CCPS) students graduated with a diploma from high school and an associate’s degree from college through Georgia’s new "Move On When Ready" program.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • STEM Camps Taking Place on Georgia Northwestern Campuses 5/31/2017

    Middle school students to get summer push towards education for next generation careers

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    Source: GNTC

  • Grace Beam graduates from Georgia Academy for Economic Development 5/29/2017

    Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean and instructor Grace Beam has graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. A May 2 ceremony honored the Business Management leader and several classmates from various organizations across Northwest Georgia.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Gene Haas Foundation Presents $7,500 Grant to the Machine Tool Technology Program at GNTC 5/24/2017

    The grant will be used to provide scholarships to students that plan to enroll, or are currently enrolled, in a machining-based program at GNTC.

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    Source: GNTC

  • Local economy is on a roll, job-wise 5/22/2017

    The Department of Labor says that Walker County’s new claims for unemployment dropped a whopping 87-percent from March to April, another sign that “full employment” is close at hand.

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    Source: WQCH

  • LaFayette City Council agrees to help with earth moving work on a new industrial plant 5/22/2017

    The city entered the agreement to do the work for the LaFayette Development Authority, on the property of the former Quality Carpet cushion plant. Owner Tim Toole recently demolished the plant building, which was heavily damaged by fire several years ago. He plans to expand the size of the new building to 114-thousand square feet and will reportedly lease it to one of two prospective manufacturers.

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    Source: WQCH

  • 100 plant jobs available in LaFayette 5/22/2017

    The Georgia Department of Labor is helping Roper Corporation recruit 100 assemblers for their plant in LaFayette. You can apply at an event on Friday, June 2nd at the Fort Oglethorpe City Hall (500 City Hall Drive.)

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    Source: WDEF

  • Chickamauga sees growing demand for senior living 5/17/2017

    In applying for a permit to build a 60-unit housing complex for senior citizens in Chickamauga, local developer Jerry Braden said, "There's a very serious need for senior living here," and the city council seemed to agree.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Ringgold council closes in on new business tax solution 5/17/2017

    When Ringgold business owners pay taxes next year, they should expect a different formula to calculate how much is owed.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Millions in Additional Tax Revenue in Walker County Resort Plans 5/15/2017

    A new upscale, multi-million dollar resort is planned on Lookout Mountain. Millions of dollars in additional tax revenue and thousands of jobs are expected to be created. Developers reveal plans for a new Lookout Mountain Canyon Ridge Resort in Walker County. They hope to open Fall of 2019..

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    Source: WDEF

  • Dutch automotive plant opens in Bartow industrial 5/13/2017

    Dutch auto industry executives snipped the ribbon Thursday to open the new Constellium N.V. advanced aluminum automotive structural components and crash management systems plant in Bartow County’s Highland 75 Industrial Park. The 135,000 square-foot plant was constructed with an eye on expansion up to 220,000 square feet. Constellium anticipates having 150 employees on board within two years.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • A multi-employer career expo/job fair will be held on Thursday, May 11 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center. 5/5/2017

    More than 30 employers will be on-site to accept resumes and interview potential candidates. Positions include customer service, machine operators, LPNs, CNAs, auto repair, prison guards, clerical, welding, seasonal & more.
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    Source: Walker County Facebook

  • Walker County’s unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest level in nearly a decade 5/5/2017

    The Department of Labor says in the Northwest Georgia region, unemployment went down because there were more new hires.

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    Source: WQCH

  • First Tennessee to buy Capital Bank for $2.2 billion 5/4/2017

    Tennessee's biggest bank is buying a North Carolina chartered bank to grow into one of the biggest regional banks in the Southeast with offices across five states.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • EPB Fiber surpasses 90,000 customers 5/2/2017

    EPB last month topped 90,000 subscribers to its fiber optic system, nearly triple the number the utility originally projected it needed to break even when the fiber optics network launched in 2010. The city-owned electric utility has continued to add customers for its video, internet and telephone services even after surpassing rival Comcast as the No. 1 provider of telecommunications in its Chattanooga area footprint.



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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Georgia Northwestern Brings in New Tractors for Commercial Truck Driving 4/21/2017

    Five 2014 Freightliner tractors have joined the arsenal of tractor-trailers on the Walker County Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) range in Rock Spring, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving program provides students with basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operation.

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    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • The Walker County Chamber will Host a Business Expo 4/13/2017

    The Walker County Chamber will host a business expo at the Walker County Civic Center, on Thursday, April 27th.

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    Source: WQCH

  • Atlas Flexes Muscles with Chatttanooga-made Crossover 4/13/2017

    The new, Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Atlas SUV is almost ready to hit the road. Landing in dealerships next month, the seven-passenger crossover made its local debut Thursday with a rollout for Chattanooga media.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • Volkswagen Group of America Says New SUV Decision Not Made Yet for Chattanooga 4/13/2017

    Officials at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant on Thursday tried to correct reports from the New York Auto Show on Wednesday that the company would build a new 5 seater SUV here. Company officials say that Volkswagen has not decided on where to build it.

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    Source: WDEF

  • Beer, Wine, Distilled Spirits by the Drink Moves to Licensing Phase in Dade 4/13/2017

    Dade County is now ready to issue licenses and permits for Beer, Wine and Distilled Spirits (Liquor) by the drink.

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    Source: Discover Dade

  • Chickamauga rolls out welcome mat for seniors: City could add 140 — or more — apartments for those over 55 4/12/2017

    Chickamauga's demographic might show a shift to seniors — those over the age of 55 — when results of Census 2020 are compiled.

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    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Rhonda Beasley of Roper Corporation Named Newest Board of Directors Member at GNTC 4/10/2017

    Rhonda Beasley, manager of Human Resources at Roper Corporation, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member.

    Read more here:

    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Walker County gets serious on codes enforcement with addition of new officers — going door-to-door 4/7/2017

    Walker County is getting serious about bringing blighted properties up to code and that starts with the addition of two new codes enforcement officers who have already begun going door to door to address the matter.

    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • LaFayette moves to rebrand the city for the 21st century 3/31/2017

    LaFayette officials are taking a serious look at the city's future.


    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Manufacturing Sector Booming in Walker County 3/23/2017

    Delivery of a gigantic steel press was made to Roper Corporation recently… and another press will soon be delivered to Unique Fabricating in LaFayette. Both industries are currently hiring.


    Read more here:

    Source: Walker County Development Authority

  • Orthopedic clinic first tenant in Fort Oglethorpe's 'Project Jump' development 3/19/2017

    The Costco warehouse store, the Cabela's outdoor megastore and a Hobby Lobby craft store-anchored shopping center in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., were joint projects between developer Larry Armour and the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority. Now, that private-public partnership has announced its latest project has its first tenant: The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.


    Read more here:

    Source: Times Free Press

  • Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent in January 3/16/2017

    The unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in January was 5.8 percent, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 5.2 percent in December. In January 2016, the rate was 5.7 percent.


    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Automation Personnel to hold hiring event March 28 in LaFayette 3/15/2017

    The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) LaFayette Career Center will help Automation Personnel Services recruit more than 20 full-time quality control employees to work in LaFayette or Rock Spring.


    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Volkswagen eyeing another crossover to be made in Chattanooga 3/15/2017

    Volkswagen is looking at launching a new crossover that would come from the Atlas sport utility vehicle that's currently under production at its Chattanooga plant, according to a report.


    Read more here:

    Source: Times Press

  • Fort Oglethorpe hires city manager, police chief 2/15/2017

    Fort Oglethorpe's city council voted to bring Jennifer Payne-Simpkins on board as city manager this week. Payne-Simpkins replaces Ron Goulart, whom Gov. Nathan Deal appointed to be Catoosa County's state court judge in August. The city council also hired a police chief in Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Detective Mike Helton. He replaces David Eubanks.


    Read more here:

    Source: Times Press

  • Dunkin' Donuts planning to build bakery in Catoosa County, Ga. 2/14/2017

    Dunkin' Donuts plans to continue its expansion in the Chattanooga area with the building of a bakery in Catoosa County, Ga. The bakery is slated to cost nearly $3 million and employ about 40 people.


    Read more here:

    Source: Times Press

  • Chickamauga battlefield gateway revamp coming to Fort Oglethorpe 2/13/2017

    A long-awaited revamp to the stretch of road leading into the Chickamauga Battlefield is progressing three years after Fort Oglethorpe officials announced the town would be getting grant funds for the project.


    Read more here:

    Source: Times Press

  • Local Economic Developers Meet with Governor Deal 2/7/2017


    Katie Sponberger, Economic Development Coordinator with the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority, was among the group of the state's economic developers who met with Governor Nathan Deal to highlight the fact that Georgia's economic developers worked to create more than 34,000 new jobs in our state in 2016.


     

  • Dalton State adds logistics degree 2/2/2017

    With the approval of the bachelor in business administration in logistics and supply chain management by the Board of Regents on Wednesday, Dalton State College now offers 23 bachelor degrees.


    Read more here:

    Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

  • State leadership academy opens in Rome; officials coming from 14 counties 2/1/2017

    Community leaders from 14 counties across Northwest Georgia converged on Rome on Tuesday for the start of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Economic Development Academy.


    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News
     

  • German Huhoco Group to build plant in Cartersville 1/27/2017

    The Huhoco Group, which specializes in refining metal products for the automotive and residential building products industries, said on Wednesday it will create 200 jobs and invest $24 million in a new facility in Bartow County.


    Read more here:

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Sen. Mullis Receives Georgia’s Most Influential People Award 1/26/2017

    Senator Jeff Mullis received his Georgia’s Most Influential Award from Georgia Trend on January 26, 2017.


    Read more here:

    Source: Discover Dade
     

  • Unemployment Slightly Raises Across North West Georgia 1/26/2017

    Unemployment rates ticked up a little across Northwest Georgia from November to December in the latest numbers available from the Georgia Department of Labor.


    Read more here:

    Source: DIscover Dade

  • Siemens Healthineers Donates ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound System to GNTC 12/9/2016

    Siemens Healthineers recently donated an ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound system to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide real-world laboratory experience to students in the Adult Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Vascular programs.


    Read more here:

    Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
    Link to GNTC Press Release

  • Georgia ranked No. 1 state in U.S. for Business 11/5/2015

    Georgia was named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the third consecutive year in 2015 by Site Selection Magazine.

    “Once again, Georgia has been named the top state in which to do business, reflecting our success in strengthening Georgia’s economic environment and creating a top-notch workforce,” said Governor Nathan Deal...  "This ranking is not only a testament to our strong business climate, but it also speaks to the commitment and support from our industry partners, communities and the people of Georgia.”


    The rankings are determined by a survey of corporate site selectors paired with an index of tax burden criteria according to the Tax Foundation and KPMG’s Location Matters analysis and performance in Conway Data’s New Plant Database, which tracks new and expanded business facility activity..


    Read more here:

    Source: Office of the Governor
    Link to Site Selection's Announcement

  • Vanguard Nation Trailer Corporation to Create 400 jobs in Northwest Georgia 8/31/2015

    Governor Nathan Deal announce today that Vanguard National Trailer Corporation will invest $30 million in a new facility located in Dade County.  The new facility will employ 400 people when fully staffed.

    “We are excited to welcome Vanguard National Trailer Corp. to Dade County,” said Deal. “Their decision to establish a manufacturing and assembly plant in Georgia is a testament to our economic development assets that are critical in generating job opportunities for Georgians. I am confident that Vanguard Trailer Corp. will benefit from opening a new facility in our state and further prove why Georgia is a top destination for job creators. ”

    Vanguard National Trailer Corp. will develop nearly 100 acres of land and build a new 350,000 square-foot facility near Trenton. The newly-created jobs will include both office and manufacturing positions. Vanguard National Trailer will also take advantage of Georgia’s Quick Start program, the nation’s No. 1 workforce training program.

    “The Dade County Commission is excited to welcome Vanguard Trailer Corp. to Trenton, Dade County,” said commission chairman and county executive Ted Rumley. “The capital investment and 400 new jobs will have a significant impact in our community as well as phase II of our new industrial park.”

    Read more here:

    Source: Georiga Department of Economic Development
    Link to Vanguard National Trailer's Website

  • Dade County Industrial Park Receives GRAD Certification 07/08/2015

    The Dade County Industrial Development Authority (DCIDA) announced today that the Trenton-Dade Industrial Park Phase II has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site by the Georgia Allies, a public-private partnership focused on economic development marketing. On May 22, 2015, Authority chairman, Nathan Wooten, attended the Georgia Economic Developers (GEDA) spring conference and accepted the award reflecting the fact of Dade’s designation as a GRAD site.

    “The GRAD designation for their Trenton-Dade Phase II site means that it can truly compete on a global stage for new industry and the accompanying jobs,” said Pat Wilson, Executive Director of Georgia Allies, and COO of the Department of Economic Development. “I fully believe that the community’s efforts to attain the GRAD status for their Trenton-Dade Phase II site will be beneficial.”

    The GRAD designation required significant work by Peter Cervelli of the DCIDA to complete the detailed information to meet the required standards. The DCIDA would like to thank Jeff Mullis and especially Keith Barclift of the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority for their constructive support in initiating the application process.

    Read more here:
    Source: Dade County Sentinel

  • IEDC: Georgia No. 3 for Business 10/28/2014

    U.S. corporate executives hold the Peach State in high regard.

    Georgia tied with North Carolina for having the third-best business climate, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released earlier this week at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual Conference.

    Georgia was identified by 17.6 percent of the 356 respondents to the 2014 survey as having the most favorable business climate. Respondents most frequently cited "pro-business environment" (34 percent), incentives (31 percent) and workforce quality/availability (31 percent), as factors in their positive perception of Georgia.

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development ranked No. 1 "best in class" state-level economic development agency, with 29 percent of the site selection consultants who participated in the survey identifying it as the country's top statewide economic development organization.

    Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle, October 22, 2014

  • Georgia among nation's leaders in job growth 9/29/2014

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that Georgia is ranked sixth nationally and third in the Southeast for top job growth. With the creation of over 79,300 new jobs in the past 12 months, Georgia represents a strong 2.0 percent annual growth rate, which is higher than the nation’s average of 1.8 percent.

    eorgia also had solid over-the-month growth, ranking sixth in the nation and third in the Southeast. Georgia ranks in the top 10 states for percentage growth over the month. The number of jobs in Georgia totaled 4,132,900 in August, up from 4,053,600 in August 2013. The August-to-August job growth was the second largest in Georgia since 2005. “Georgia has been ranked in the top 10 states for job creation for the past two years,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Our state’s employers are to be commended for their confidence in our state’s economy, as they continue to invest in hiring and growing their companies.” Georgia’s job gains came in several sectors, including computer system design, accounting, architectural and engineering, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, wholesale trade, construction of buildings, specialty trade contractors, ambulatory health care services, and hospitals.

    Source: Chattanoogan.com 9/29/2014

  • Top States for Doing Business 2014: Georgia Unseats Texas, Industrial Midwest Rises 9/20/2014

    1. Georgia

    It’s difficult to beat Texas on any list of economic development power states these days, but Georgia did exactly that in the Area Development survey of site consultants, nudging Texas down into the No. 2 spot after it finished No. 1 a year ago. Georgia’s accomplishment was especially impressive because of the breadth of its strong performances over most of the 18 categories voted on by the consultants, including top-three finishes in 12 of them.

    The Area Development honor follows other recent recognition of Georgia’s rise in the ranks, which included its choice by a CNBC study as the No. 1 place for business in America. Such rankings “are a testament to the commitment from Georgia businesses, communities, economic development partners, and the people of Georgia,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement, indicating his confidence that “more businesses will consider expanding or relocating here.”

    Georgia’s success has come from dead reckoning in areas that are crucial to business locators. That includes the state’s welcoming and business-friendly government, to be sure. And employers are enthusiastic about one of the Georgia legislature’s most recent moves: passing significant workers’ compensation reform that cuts costs for business.

    The state also enjoys a strong infrastructure, featuring Hart International, one of the world’s most efficient passenger airports; two deepwater ports; and one of the nation’s most extensive surface-transportation networks. (The consultants ranked Georgia No. 2 for its overall infrastructure and global access.)

    No wonder that Georgia has been able to announce a continuing string of business expansions and relocations over the last year. One of the biggest was the plan hatched by Kia to expand its auto-making operations in the state as the Korean automaker increases its share of U.S. car sales. Its Georgia workforce has, in fact, helped the brand move to the top of automotive-quality perceptions among American consumers. In fact, Georgia’s Quick Start has ranked as the leading workforce development program among site consultants polled in the Area Development Top States for Doing Business survey in each of the five years it has been conducted.

    Source: Area Development, 3rd Quarter 2014

  • CNBC names Georgia top state for business 9/19/2014

    Georgia is America's top state for business, CNBC said in a survey released in the summer.

    Since CNBC began rating states for competitiveness in 2007, Georgia has always placed in the top 10, including fourth place in 2007 and 2011 and eight place last. year. The Peach State is "the cream of the crop," said CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn.

    Source: Southern Business & Development, Summer 2014

  • Driving South 9/5/2014

    With Volkswagen's expansion, the hunt is on to lure more automotive suppliers to the region.

    VW's recently announced plans to add a second vehicle, coupled with a better economy, is expected to provide the impetus for suppliers to build more plants, not just in Chattanooga but in the wider region as well, officials say. Walker County Development Authority in Northwest Georgia has a new 480-acre industrial park just north of LaFayette, Georgia, on U.S. Highway 27 that it's pitching to the auto company.
    The county already has wooed its first tenant, Audia International, a plastics maker which serves the automotive, appliance, construction and packaging industries. It's expected to build a $50 million plant and employ about 200 people.

    Source:EDGE magazine, September 2014

  • The Roundup - Economic Development 9/1/2014

    Ringgold Recycling: Shaw Industries Group is expanding its reclamation and recycling program in Catoosa County, creating 70 new jobs.

    The $17-million Evergreen facility boosts the company's efforts to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills.

    Source: Georgia Trend magazine, September 2014

  • Hollywood Comes to Georgia 9/1/2014

    Lured by some of the most generous tax credits in the country, film producers boosted spending on motion picture and television shows in Georgia last year by more than 50% to a record high $1.4 billion.

    Gov. Nathan Deal brags that the 158 feature film and TV productions during fiscal 2014 not only helped create 77,900 jobs but also revitalized communities and established new educational and tourism programs across the state.

    The movie and television industry shot 158 projects in Georgia in the past fiscal year, including high-profile films such as the upcoming releases "The Hunter Games: Mockinjay Parts 1 & 2." Since 2008, more than 90 companies have located in Georgia to support the film industry, making the Peach State one of the biggest for the film industry outside of California.

    Georgia offers a 30% tax credit for production companies on qualifying projects, one of the richest incentives among the states.


     

    Source: EDGE Magazine, September 2014

  • Georgia's Growth Snapshot 7/15/2014

    The following information is provided by: Georgia Power, Moody's Analytics, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Tech America, Fortune Magazine, GPA

    #1: Georgia sits at the heart of the No. 1 fastest-growing region in the nation; Ranking of Georgia's population in terms of educational attainment in the Southeast; In new auto imports for the U.S. through the Port of Brunswick.; Ranking of Georgia's largest airport - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in terms of passenger volume.
    #2: No. 2 in the export of American-made goods through the Port of Savannah
    #4: Ranking of Georgia's population growth in the country from 2000-2013; Ranking of Georgia's high-tech employment base nationally.
    #8: Ranking of Georgia's concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters nationally.
    100,000 Georgia's projected net new job growth in 2015!


     

  • Georgia rates best business state 6/25/2014

    Georgia was rated as the best state in the country for doing business by CNBC on Tuesday.

    The business news TV channel said the Peach State "is the cream of the crop" in infrastructure and workforce with the world's busiest airport, a major sea port and relatively abundant but low cost schools and workers. Last year, Site Selection magazine named Georgia No. 1 for business.
    "As more people see Georgia's successes, more businesses will consider expanding or relocating here," Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday.

    This year was the first time Georgia topped the CNBC list of best business states, although it has consistently been among the top 10. Georgia was followed, in order, by Texas, Utah, Nebraska and North Carolina.

     

    Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press / Business Briefing / June 25, 2014

  • Shaw to create 70 jobs, invest $17 million in Ringgold 6/23/2014

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday, June 23, that Shaw Industries Group Inc. will expand its reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility in Ringgold, creating at least 70 new jobs and investing more than $17 million into the facility.

    "Shaw's expansion is another testament to why Georgia is the No. 1 place for business," said Deal. "This company has played a major role in establishing Georgia as a leader in the floor covering sector. Through its commitment to the use of more sustainable materials, I am confident that Shaw will continue to keep up with ever-changing demands through Georgia's top-ranked business climate.

    Complementing Shaw's comprehensive portfolio of recycling processes, Evergreen Ringgold will create a high-purity, post consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications.
    "Evergreen Ringgold expands our efforts to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills," said Paul Murray, Shaw vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. "By expanding our recycling portfolio, we are illustrating our continued commitment to converting something that historically may have been seen as waste into a resource that has a longer life in the economy."

    Shaw employs approximately 15,000 associates in its operations through-out Georgia. Georgia QuickStart, the nation's top-ranked workforce training program, will work with Shaw to ensure its employees receive the proper training to support the company's recycling investments. Evergreen Ringgold will be operational in 2015.



     

    Source: The Catoosa County News, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • The Eagle has Landed 2/13/2014

    Audia International, Inc. to invest more than $50 million in a plastics manufacturing facility in the newly developed Walker County Business Park north of LaFayette on U.S. 27.

    The project was dubbed "Project Eagle" by the Walker County Development Authority. The Georgia Department of Economic Development and The Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority also participated in the negotiations with Audia.
    "We are thrilled to have such a strong company invest in our local economy," said Jeff Mullis, executive director of The Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority. Construction is expected to begin in late summer/early fall and become operational in the third quarter of 2015.
    "We are going to be doing both manufacturing and distribution from this facility," Todd Gummersback, Audia's representative, said when reached by telephone. "Our goal is to service our clients and to support our company's growth." The facility will support Audia International's three subsidiaries: Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc., Uniform Color Co., and Southern Polymer, Inc.
     

    Source: For the Entire Article: Walker County Messenger, 5/28/2014

  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College Expansion 5/19/2014

    Top of Georgia recently had the honor of speaking with Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College regarding the new Catoosa County Campus, and he shared his excitement over the project.

    In late February GNTC purchased 38 acres on Old Alabama Highway near Interstate 75 for $1.145 million from the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority. Construction on the Catoosa campus will begin in early June.

    One new program offering will be Mechatronics, an area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science. The training would benefit students, employees and numerous existing and potential Northwest Georgia industries, McDonald said, including appliance making, auto supply, and flooring. "It's not designed for any specific industry," he said. "The education that we will be providing is pretty generic." Additionally, a wide variety of GNTC programs will be available.

    Randall Peters, chairman of the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority said "We're all looking forward to it. "We think it'll be good for the county and the workforce."

    According to Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia, GNTC's economic impact on the areas it presently serves adds up to a staggering $68,963,126. It is presumed that this amount will increase commensurately with the operation of the Catoosa Campus, and it is expected to draw more businesses by providing well-qualified employees.




     

    Source: Top of Georgia Newsletter, April 2014

  • Embracing Change 4/21/2014

    The Technical College System of Georgia has a kind of economic development guerilla unit built on fast-track training for hot industrial prospects looking to land in the state and wanting a training workforce ready to begin on its grand opening day. They get what they want every time, says Rodger Brown, executive director marketing and strategic media for Georgia Quick Start (QS) a team of workforce training experst whose speed in getting industry prospects to sign on the dotted line and then get their job applicants through training and onto production line amazes their competitors in the chase to attract new business and industry.

    The Technical College System leaders pride themselves on being able to quickly respond to workforce training needs defined by the businesses and industries in their service areas. A president's conversation with a local plant manager can often result in a new program of training in a matter of weeks. "We can turn on a dime," is a popular expression among technical college presidents who meet regularly with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, to discuss what their businesses and industries are asking for in the way of training.

    The synergy surrounding such partnerships between technical colleges and industry is a leading contributor to Georgia's success in recruiting new business and reinvestments, according to Joe Yarbrough, senior vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering for Mohawk Industries, a Northwest Georgia carpet manufacturer.
     

    Source: Georgia Trend, April 2014

  • North Georgia is Expanding 4/14/2010

    A 10-County Region of Northwest Georgia is projected to grow by almost 500,000 people in the next 40 years.

    The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget expects the Northwest Georgia region to grow by 494,477 people by the year 2050. Some of the counties within the region are expected to double or even triple in size.

    For the full story, please read the following article:

    www.timesfreepress.com


     

  • Summerville Project Wins "Deal of the Year" Award 10/21/2013

    Georgia Economic Developers Association gave the Sumerville project, Mohawk Industries plant expansion, its annual "Deal of the Year" award in the small communities (50,000 and under) category.

    The project could mean as much as $180-$200 million in upgrades at the plant and 470-500 new jobs. The Sumerville recycling plant will be a major provider of extruded fiber to be used in manufacturing by Calhoun-based Mohawk, the world's largest supplier of floor covering.

    "Mohawk is one of Georgia's flagship Fortune 500 companies and we are pleased to see its continued investents in our state leading to the creation of meaningful jobs in Summerville and other communities," Governor Nathan Deal said. "This expansion is a great indicator of the resilience of the carpet and floor covering industry. Mohawk has Georgia's full support for its continued investments in our state."

    Mark Dye, Mohawk's vice president of recycling, praised company employees. "The men and women at our Summerville facility contribute significantly to the company's success," said Dye. "We continue to invest in leading edge technologies because of our confidence in the skills and dedication of our people."


     

    Source: Summerville News, Jimmy Espy

  • Fort O is Fast Growing 7/5/2010

    Fort Oglethorpe was the fastest growing city in the area during the 2000-2009 decade with a 42.2% change in population.

    Dave Flessner with the Chattanooga Times reports that Fort Oglethorpe is the fastest growing city in the area (based on initial U.S. Census data). The city's population grew 42.2% during the 2000-2009 decade. Chattanooga grew by 10.2% and gained ground on Knoxville's seat as the third largest city in Tennessee.

    Growth of other Northwest Georgia cities in the Chattanooga MSA:

    Trenton - 21.1%
    Ringgold - 17.7%
    Chickamauga - 16.7%
    LaFayette - 12.3%

    For the entire story, please read the following article:







     

    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/jul/05/fort-oglethorpe-boasts-fastest-growth-in-area/

  • Georgia Ports Authority 3/12/2014

    Georgia Ports Authority says its container terminal's size and scale is unmatched in the U.S.

  • Georgia Recognized as Top State to do Business 11/5/2013

    Georgia was recognized by Site Selection magazine as the state with the best business climate, besting North Carolina which had claimed the title last year. The magazine cited such economic development projects as carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries Group's plan to invest $85 million to build a facility in Northwest Georgia with an estimated 500 jobs.

    "Now you have heard me saying it often, you would think it's a broken record, that my No. 1 goal has been to make Georgia the No. 1 state in which to do business," Governor Nathan Deal said. " In only three short years, for the first time ever, Georgia ranks No. 1 in the United States as the place to do business." With him were executives from Home Depot, UPS, and Gulfstream who praised Georgia's favorable business climate.

    Source: Times Free Press, 11/5/13, Christina Cassidy, AP

  • Georgia becomes 'Hollywood South' 4/15/2014

    Georgia has been involved in filmmaking from its earliest days, but the contemporary rush to make films here started with "Deliverance" (1972), based on a novel by Georgia author James Dickey. Filmed in Tallulah Gorge near Clayton and on the Chattooga River, "Deliverance" launched a sport, a major tourism business and more.

    Gov. Nathan Deal brags that the 158 feature film and TV productions during fiscal 2014 not only helped create 77,900 jobs but also revitalized communities and established new educational and tourism programs across the state.

    The movie and television industry shot 158 projects in Georgia in the past fiscal year, including high-profile films such as the upcoming releases "The Hunter Games: Mockinjay Parts 1 & 2." Since 2008, more than 90 companies have located in Georgia to support the film industry, making the Peach State one of the biggest for the film industry outside of California.

    Georgia offers a 30% tax credit for production companies on qualifying projects, one of the richest incentives among the states.


     

    Source: EDGE Magazine, September 2014

  • Fueling Logistics Competitiveness 9/5/2013

    Georgia's prime location, infrastructure assets and industry network provide companies a head start for moving goods faster, better and cheaper, and keeping up with rapidly evolving supply chains. Combining the state's logistics assets with its location in the heart of the fastest-growing U.S. population region - and access to more than 80% of the U.S. market within a two-day truck trip - creates a powerful location for companies to work from.

    A Quick Survey of Georgia's Logistics Assets Includes the Following Resources:

    Air: Georgia is home to 144 public and private airports including Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport with is the 10th largest air cargo hub. It offers service to 6 continents, and more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of cargo handling space.

    Rail: With nearly 5,000 miles of railroad track and the largest intermodal facility on the East Coast, Georgia is the origin for 39 million rail-tons of cargo and terminates over 90 million rail-tons annually.

    Road: Each week a combined 5.9 million tons of cargo moves on Georgia's 1,200 miles of interstate highways and 20,000 miles of federal and state highways.

    Sea: The Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal is the fastest-growing container port in the nation ranking fourth in the U.S. in total volume and second in containerized exports. As the largest single-operator container facility in N. America, it serves more than 40 steamship lines and is one of only a few ports in the U.S. with two Class I railroad facilities on terminal.

    Warehousing: Two of the five largest N. American private warehouse operators are headquartered in Georgia. Workforce: Nationally ranked university and technical college systems offer 100 logistics-related degrees and certificates. Georgia provides high-quality workers at affordable wages and helps companies train new workers with Quick Start, the nation's top-ranked workforce development program. Innovation: One of the state's greatest assets if the Georgia Ctr. of Innovation for Logistics. The Center directly helps companies in all parts of the state overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities.








     

    Source: http://www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com/070813_ga

  • Georgia Ranked Second for Business 9/12/2013

    Area Development Magazine's recent Site Consultant Survey for 2013 has ranks Georgia among the top states for companies to do business.

    As the economy improves and states continue to vie for new investment and jobs, they also seek the attention of site consultants who help companies make their new facility and expansion decisions. With that in mind, Area Development’s fourth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants ranks the states based on their number of mentions in 17 categories (scores were weighted based on position in each category and then overall).

    States were ranked on factors in the following categories: Business Environment (costs, taxes and regulations, incentives, etc.), Labor Climate (diversity, costs, development programs, etc.); and Infrastructure and Global Access (rail/highway access, shovel-ready sites, utility rates, logistics access). Following is more detailed information on the attributes of the top-10 states that provides insight into the rankings. Additionally, several site consultants who participated in the survey offer their comments.
     

    Source: http://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/Q3-2013/survey-results-landing-page-142378.shtml

  • Dade County Launches New Website 8/21/2013

    The Dade County Industrial Development Authority has launched their new website.

    In addition to hiring Peter Cervelli to focus on economic development for Dade County, the Dade County IDA has launched a new website aimed at promoting exisiting industry and attracting new business. The website contains information on available properties in Dade County, demographic information, and business incentives that the county offers.
    Please take a moment to review their new website: http://www.developingdadega.com