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Community Development

“Our partnership with Georgia Power is enabling us to improve retail sales in our area through a strategy that will support existing retailers and enable us to compete in the national market to recruit new ones.”

- Mary Beth Bass, One Sumter Foundation, Americus

Lead Your Community to a Future of Growth

Count on our team’s 200+ years of experience to help your community reach its full potential.

You care about your community, and so do we. Georgia isn’t just where we work, it’s where we’re building lives and raising families. Just like you, we also want to make sure that the communities we call home will have plenty of opportunities now and for generations to come. That’s why our experienced team of community development managers live and work locally in regions throughout the state, working alongside state, regional and local partners. 

Grow your community, strategically

Our team will work with you to create a customized strategy based on your community’s unique goals. Our team knows what it takes to bring people together and create a common sense of purpose. We also understand what businesses and industries want and can communicate it with data and real-life examples. Together, we’ll develop a plan that everyone will get excited about, using:

  • Data-driven insights
  • Community asset analysis
  • Market trends and forecasts
  • Improve Your Local Economy

Georgians are employed by a broad range of industries – from global corporate headquarters to small shops on Main Street. Our team will work with you to make sure your community is prepared to attract new businesses of all types, and help existing companies continue to grow and succeed through:

  • Retail Recruitment 
  • Downtown Development
  • Business Attraction
  • Existing Industry Expansion
  • Workforce Development

Benefit from a proven model

It takes a lot of insight and planning to keep your community moving forward – but you don’t have to do it alone. Our team has been working with communities for decades, guiding them through our five-step Economic Development Model for strategic planning.