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West Region

The vibrant Chattahoochee Valley is an epicenter for auto manufacturers, financial industries, and two Fortune 1000 headquarters.

2.5

Miles of urban whitewater rafting

348,000

Local talent pool

Welcome to the West

The West region's infrastructure allows products to move easily to market.

  • Both I-85 and I-75 provide the West region with easy access to Alabama, Atlanta, and the rest of the state.
  • Railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern run through the West region.
  • The West region is positioned halfway in between the port of Savannah and the port of Mobile, AL.

A multi-talented workforce awaits

Excellent technical colleges and universities with exiting military personnel provide the West region with a skilled and hard working labor force.

  • The West region has a labor force of more than 348,000 with an unemployment rate of 4.3%.
  • Aflac, one of Georgia's FORTUNE 500 companies, is headquartered in Columbus and is one of the region's top private employers with 4,500 employees.
  • Troup County is home to Georgia's only automotive manufacturing plant, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia which produces the Kia Optima, Kia Sorento CUV, and the new Telluride.

Technology + innovation

West Georgia's innovation resources span various industries - from advanced aerospace technology to cybersecurity.

  • Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center in Middle Georgia brings together various partners to tackle the Department of Defense’s most severe challenges while also providing a training ground for tomorrow’s aerospace industry experts.
  • A National Security Agency-recognized center in cyber defense education, the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity at Columbus State University provides expertise on computer and network security.
  • The Business Expansion Center at South Georgia Technical College (Americus Campus) connects entrepreneurs with the foundational resources they need to be successful.

Adventure awaits in the West

West Georgia brings city life and the country together in an outdoor-lovers dream come true.

  • Kayak, raft, or zipline at the longest urban whitewater course in the world (2.5 miles) in Columbus, Georgia.
  • Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area is a 1,003 acres state park located in Stewart County in southwest Georgia. The park contains Providence Canyon, which is sometimes called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon". It is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.
  • Pasaquan is a 7-acre compound near Buena Vista, Georgia. It was created by an eccentric folk artist named Eddie Owens Martin (1908–1986), who called himself St. EOM. An internationally renowned art site, it consists of six major structures including a redesigned 1885 farmhouse, painted concrete sculptures, and 4 acres (16,000 m2) of painted masonry concrete walls. In September 2008, Pasaquan was accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Take in the vibrant blossoms of spring on over 2,500 spectacular acres, filled with hiking and bike trails and world-class golf at Calloway Gardens.
  • Dive into a real-life American history lesson at Roosevelt's Little White House.

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