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Read all about it!  Athens-Clarke County continues to make headlines with these success stories across the community.

New job search tools now available
New job search tools now available

A community partnership project from the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce: Job search tools are now available to find employment in Athens-Clarke County, along with additional workforce development resources....

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UGA ranks No. 1 for number of products released to market
UGA ranks No. 1 for number of products released to market

Among 193 institutions, the University of Georgia recently ranked first for the number of commercial products released to the market in 2017, further highlighting the creative and innovative works taking place in Athens. The results were published by the Association...

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Athens in the News

Ethicon, Inc. to expand in Athens

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Ethicon, Inc. is planning to expand operations in Athens-Clarke County, adding to the company’s existing Georgia presence in Athens and Cornelia.

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Success Stories

With construction still underway, Athens film and TV studio buys more land for expansion

In anticipation of film and television industry demand for its 200,000 square feet of purpose-built production space, Athena Studios has announced the purchase of an additional 65 acres of land adjacent to the original 45-acre site currently under construction at 900 Athena Dr.
The expansion will add 350,000 square feet to the already massive facility, which is scheduled to open its initial phase on Mar. 1, 2023 with the ability to host productions of any size. The increased acreage will allow for the construction of backlot space, and will make Athena one of the largest production studios in Georgia.

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New Athens Music Walk of Fame inductees to be announced

Anyone who walks through downtown Athens will likely notice the large bronze guitar pick plaques shining up at them from the sidewalk. These plaques bear the names of notable musicians who found their start in the Classic City, of which there are quite a few.

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Athens Research and Technology, Inc. recognized as Exporter of the Year

Athens Research and Technology, an established life sciences company near the University of Georgia was recently recognized as one of Georgia’s Exporters of the Year. ART manufacturers bio-medically relevant proteins for use in research and further manufacturing. In spite of supply chain issues and quarantines, ART remained committed to their clients worldwide ensuring that materials vital to research and product development where delivered on time. ART’s purified proteins are often used for antigen testing and in pharmaceutical research.

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Biotech Company Dalan Animal Health Relocates to Athens, Georgia

Dalan Animal Health, Inc., a biotech company focused on insect health, announced today that it will relocate its headquarters to Athens, Georgia. The company is anticipated to create 20 new jobs over the next five years.
The company aims to bring to market the world’s first honeybee vaccine to improve the health and productivity of honeybee colonies.

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Twenty-Five Georgia Companies Recognized for Expanding into 70 International Markets in 2021

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced the recipients of the 2022 GLOBE Award. Managed by the Department’s International Trade team, this state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year. During calendar year 2021, the 25 GLOBE winners collectively exported to 70 countries.
The 2022 Exporters of the Year are:
Small company (1-20 employees): Athens Research & Technology, Athens, Clarke County
Mid-size company (21-100 employees): PureAir Filtration, Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County
Large company (101+ employees): Interra International, Atlanta, Cobb County

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New Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital Tower Completed

After nearly four years of construction, the new tower at Piedmont Athens Regional opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting Apr. 21. The 229,000 square-foot tower—built on the site of a former structure dating back to 1919—includes 128 modernized inpatient rooms, a cafe, gift shop, pharmacy, clinical program support areas, outdoor courtyards and a patient and family resource center.

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Gov. Kemp: Boehringer Ingelheim Expands Global Innovation Capabilities, Invests $57 Million in Athens

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Boehringer Ingelheim, a global research-driven pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company based in Germany, will expand its Animal Health Global Innovation center in Athens, Georgia. The $57 million investment will increase laboratory space and bring additional research and development capabilities and activities, including 55 new positions, to the site.

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Athens Music Walk Of Fame Markets Music Tourism

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission launched the Athens Music Walk of Fame in September 2020. The project was designed to celebrate the city’s rich musical heritage and promote recovery of Georgia’s Tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tourism really is a public good, that helps communities be vibrant, and be appealing for the residents as well. So, in addition to the restaurants that are able to thrive with visitor spending, there’s also a vibrant art scene that not only attracts visitors but will attract residents to want to live here because it makes it a better place,” said Hannah Smith,...

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Licensing agreement speeds access to UGA research tools, benefits life science research

In the course of their research, investigators at the University of Georgia frequently develop rare and unique materials, reagents, and tools for very specific purposes related to their own research. Now, through a new master licensing agreement between the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. and KeraFAST, investigators at universities, other nonprofit life science research institutions, and for-profit organizations around the globe will have speedy access to these one-of-a-kind materials.

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Piedmont Athens is ‘Building for the Future’ with New Patient Tower

Earlier this year, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center celebrated the groundbreaking of the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project. Hundreds of community supporters and hospital staff gathered on the front lawn of the hospital, standing where a new, seven-story patient tower would soon be built.

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National Beer Day: Alumnus brewing for a cause

Matt Stevens (AB’03, MPA’14) is the Director of Community and Culture at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens. For National Beer Day we’re asking the questions everyone wants to know – from how Creature Comfort’s philanthropy started to Stevens’ top three favorite beers.

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Brewing Education Scholarship Fund

Terrapin Beer Co along with Middle Tennessee State University has created a Brewing Education Scholarship Fund to support under-represented communities within the brewing industry.

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Cove & RWDC Industries in Exclusive Agreement to Support Production of the ‘First’ Biodegradable Water Bottles

Materials innovation company Cove’s partnership with PHA supplier RWDC will supply Cove with PHA for the production of the first water bottles made of biodegradable material. After an extensive, three-year research and development effort, during which Cove worked with a number of PHA producers, the company determined that RWDC has the most advanced technology and is the best-suited partner for aggressive growth.

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Athens Creative Directory Invites Artists to Join Registry

Athens Creatives are invited to join a digital registry aimed at providing them a place to connect with other artists, patrons, and members of the community. The ACC Economic Development Department teamed up with CREATE Athens, a division of Envision Athens, and others to make Athens Creatives Directory a reality.

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