Business opportunities are plentiful in Oconee County. Our county is literally the place for opportunity with all the attributes needed to locat or expand your present and future business or industry.
Oconee County's industrial park is vitally important to the local economy. Business and industry expansions are visible while additional locations are being planned and constructed for future customers. Oconee County's location within the Atlanta/Athens transportation corridor, our pro-business climate, excellent secondary schools, and proximity to the University of Georgia contribute to our rapid growth rate...13th among 159 counties.
Companies making their home in Oconee County will find a well-balanced, diverse mix of existing businesses and industries. A sampling of corporate neighbors include: American Linen Supply Company, commercial uniform rentals Benson's Old Home Kitchens, commercial bakers Southwire, insulated wire, cable and copper products Ameripride / Executive workwear / Uniform Company Century Petroleum, Golden Pantry, Engineered Fabrications, Inc., Athens Sign Company, Oconee Well Drillers, Inc. also operate facilities here.
Additionally, Oconee County benefits from its relationship to nearby University of Georgia through mutual agricultural interest. There are three USDA and University of Georgia Experiment Stations located in the county, and the influence of these facilities is apparent through the environmental concerns of an educated populace.
Agribusiness is an integral part of the local economy with poultry, beef cattle, dairy, swine, row crops, peaches, nursery farms, and pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms contributing to the viability of our economy.
Availability of reliable power sources is also ensured. Providing electric service directly to Oconee County are two companies: investor-owned Gcorgia Power Company, and member-owned Oglethorpe Corporation which supplies Walton Electric Membership Corporation. Through Georgia's Integrated Transmission System (ITS), a third supplier, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), may also enter the picture and compete through bid for a 900kw or higher connected load.
Natural gas is provided to much of the county through Georgia Natural Gas Company. Water and sanitiary needs are served by the Oconee County Utility Department with expansion of the systems into potential growth areas of the county underway.
Although the unemployment rate for Oconee County is relatively low, the labor market for the seven county MSA provides an extensive pool of trained, educated workers ready to meet the demands of new and expanding operations.
Several respected institutions support the job training needs of the area. Gainesville College is a two-year institution which operates a satellite campus in the heart of Oconee County. The University of Georgia is within minutes of the county and offers unparalleled educational and research opportunities. Athens Technical College (ATC) provides a vital link between the area's labor force and the workplace. A wide selection of business and technical courses is available to the individual who receives hands-on training in a chosen field. In addition, Athens Tech also offers ongoing job training programs for specific industries.
Athens Tech is also the local administrator of Quick Start, Georgia's internationally renowned training program designed to assist new and expanding industries. Working closely with industry officials, Quick Start will customize a training program specifically for your operation at no cost to you. Your employees will be trained and ready to begin work the day your facility opens for business. As it names implies, Quick Start can save you time...and money.
A location in Oconee County will net many advantages, but perhaps none as important as business environment. The visionaries of this community have assembled an optimum mix of amenities, infrastructure and incentives to ensure the success of your business or industry.
The Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority, county officials, and the School Board are all dedicated to the smooth and timely selection of a location for your facility. A number of existing office, business and industrial sites are available. In addition, the Development Authority can assist in the acquisition of other sites and help arrange financing and construction.
Community leaders have ensured a competitive tax structure conducive to business, including a 40% Freeport Tax Exemption on all categories of inventory. Property taxes and other taxes affecting business are among the most attractive in Georgia.
Opportunity. According to Webster, opportunity means "a favorable time or occasion for a certain purpose". Over the past decade, the leaders of Oconee County have worked diligently to create an atmosphere favorable to economic growth. Hard work has paid off. The time is here. Opportunity awaits you in Oconee County.
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