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The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department was established by ordinance of the Mayor and Commission on February 5, 2013.

Athens-Clarke County boasts a diverse business mix, with major Fortune 500 companies and local entrepreneurial startups calling the area home.

Since then, our team has been the primary point of contact for industries, large commercial developments, site location consultants, and state economic development organizations interested in developing, expanding, or locating new or expanded businesses in Athens-Clarke County.

We do this by targeting key employment opportunities like advanced and precision manufacturing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, craft beverages, brewing and distilling, the creative economy,  and healthcare and life sciences.

We are here to help.

Whether you’re relocating, expanding, or starting with a new business idea, our staff and partner agencies will help. We offer assistance with site selection, detailed area maps, financial incentives, grant & loans, workforce development, public infrastructure improvements, supplier sourcing, international trade consulting, research, entrepreneur resource referrals, permit assistance and much more.

Contact us. If we can’t do it, we’ll point you in the direction of a trusted, allied organization that can.

Our department works closely with the rest of the Unified Government to provide businesses with a friendly and neighborly experience in Athens, Georgia. Athens-Clarke County has distinguished itself within the #1 State to Do Business by providing specialized assistance no matter what your business needs.

building a stronger athens

#1

Best Places to Retire

Forbes, 2017

Top 5

US universities in new products reaching the marketplace, 4th consecutive year

UGA

6th

in the Nation in Cities Adding Jobs

BLS, 2017

WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

Our team of dedicated professionals will be with you to help with all phases of your project — from selection to development. Do not hesitate to reach out, we are happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Ilka McConnell, CEcD

Ilka McConnell, CEcD

Economic Development Director

(706) 613-3233
[email protected]

Gustavo Rodriguez-Zaccaro, SHRM-CP

Gustavo Rodriguez-Zaccaro, SHRM-CP

Workforce Development Coordinator

(706) 208-7480
[email protected]

Caitlin Dye

Caitlin Dye

Business Development & Incentives Coordinator

(706) 972-7811
[email protected]

John Rogeberg

John Rogeberg

Site Development Services Coordinator

(706) 286-5817

[email protected]

Ryan Thornton

Ryan Thornton

Manufacturing & Industry Coordinator

(706) 995-7005
[email protected]

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Specialist

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Specialist

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Specialist