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Central Region

Ideally located and well-connected by rail and interstate, this international business community is a leader in manufacturing.

178,000

Available workforce

10,000

Train cars per week

Central and connected

One of the Central region's key strengths is its strategic location in the heart of Georgia.

  • The Central region is the connection point for I-75, running from Atlanta to Valdosta, and I-16 to Savannah.
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad's Brosnan Yard handles approximately 10,000 train cars a week, employing 300 people.
  • The Middle Georgia Regional Airport has 2 daily flights to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

A diverse and ready workforce

A technical and capable workforce with skills in a variety of industries can be found in the heart of Georgia.

  • The Central region has a labor force of more than 178,000 with an unemployment rate of 4.7%.
  • The Navicent Health Medical Center in Macon and insurance giant, GEICO, are the region's top employers with 5,000 and 3,400 employees respectively.
  • Macon is home to Georgia's Center of Innovation for Aerospace.

At the heart of innovation

Central Georgia offers new and existing businesses access to a variety of innovative business support resources.

  • The Mercer Innovation Center introduces students to potential investors who can help them transform an idea into a real business opportunity.
  • The state’s Center of Innovation for Aerospace provides Georgia companies with the technical expertise and resources they need to grow and compete globally.
  • Spark Nation – Central Georgia’s first makerspace – supports companies from their initial ideation and prototyping phases to manufacturing.

Beautiful landscapes and classic tunes

Explore the rich musical and cultural history as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes and rivers Georgia has to offer.

  • Downtown Macon is known as the birthplace of the greatest music of all time, as well as historical buildings and landmarks.
  • Enjoy miles of trails and river activities along the Ocmulgee River.
  • A college town and history buff's paradise, Milledgeville features eclectic places to shop, dine, or just explore.
  • Visit the Watermelon Capitol of the World in Cordele, Georgia!

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