A Cordial Welcome To Progressive Dublin & Laurens County, Georgia!
NOT ONLY is Dublin ∓ Laurens County the geographical center of Georgia, the "three L's" of "Location, Leadership & Livability" have also made us the business heart of Georgia as well. When downloading our Chamber of Commerce Newcomer Magazine, prepare to be impressed with our award-winning designations on the state, regional, and national level. Southern hospitality is much more than a marketing slogan - It is a way of life!
Geographic Location: Laurens County is centrally located in Middle Georgia halfway between Atlanta and Savannah on I-16. We are less than two hours by car from both Atlanta and Savannah. Our strategic positioning in the heart of the sunbelt has helped attract several regionally and nationally known companies.
Land Size and Populations:
Laurens County is the fourth largest county in Georgia based on land size. More than 48,000 residents live in the seven municipalities in Laurens County, including Dublin, East Dublin, Dexter, Dudley, Cadwell, Rentz and Montrose. More than 15,000 reside in Dublin, the county seat.
Community Living: Dublin and Laurens County is a spirited community of people who celebrate with not only a “wee bit of Ireland in Georgia” every March, but also throughout the calendar year. Here you will find exceptional recreational facilities, cultural activities, a wide range of civic clubs, and a friendly community. Thanks to over $35 million in investments, Downtown Dublin has become a preferred destination for shoppers, diners, and visitors. Extended spring and summer seasons are conducive to golf, tennis, fishing and hunting. Beach or mountain trips are only three hours away for a change of pace.
Health Care: Dublin boasts one of the highest concentrations of doctors (100+) and allied health services in Georgia, spearheaded by Fairview Park Hospital and the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. Excellent assisted living and nursing homes are also available for the growing baby-boomer market
Major Highways: I-16 is the major east-west corridor running through our county which connects us with I-75 at Macon and I-95 near Savannah. Other major arteries converging here include U.S. Hwy. 441 & Bypass, U.S. Hwy. 319 and U.S. Hwy. 80.
By Air: The W.H. "Bud" Barron Airport is located three miles west of Dublin off U.S. Hwy 80 and is fully capable of handling corporate jets. The 6,500-foot paved and lighted primary runway is equipped with an instrument approach system to handle commercial traffic, a state-of-the-art weather information system, a 6,000-foot paved and lighted parallel taxiway and a 5,000-foot crosswind runway. The 4,000-square-foot terminal offers industries a fully equipped conference room. Domestic air flights can be booked through Savannah or Macon while international connections can be arranged through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is less than two hours away.
By Rail: Area industries are served by class two dual rail service (via Georgia Central Railway) to CSX and Norfolk Southern Rail Systems.
Port Access: Two major seaports of Savannah (less than two hours away) and Brunswick (less than three hours) give area industries quick access to worldwide shipping lanes.
Technology: The City of Dublin has taken steps to ensure that sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology and communication infrastructure provides quick access to the information super highway for the benefit of government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations. Efficient city-owned gas, water, and sanitation services are second-to-none in the state.
Taxes & Incentives: The region has one of the nation’s lowest costs of living which translates into lower costs for companies. Laurens County has the third lowest property tax rate out of 159 counties in Georgia, and the community provides 100% exemption on Freeport which includes a company’s inventory and work in process materials. These cost advantages allow companies leaving California, the Northeast and other high cost areas to see more bottom line efficiencies. Laurens County is a Tier One county as selected by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Tier One communities receive the full state statutory incentives which include a per job state income tax credit equivalent to $4,000 per job over five years. Millions of dollars are being invested in the region’s utility infrastructure to meet future demands of the area’s businesses, industries and residents while maintaining very competitive rates. The City of Dublin has over 1.5 million gallons per day of excess permitted water and wastewater capacity with significant pressure. The City also has one of the most reliable natural gas networks in the country and significant excess gas capacity. Customers in Georgia with over a 900 kilowatts per hour connected load can require electric companies to bid for their service. Georgia Power, five Electric Membership Corporations, and the City of Dublin, provides electricity and natural gas throughout the region and are in the midst of developments designed to significantly increase the power generation capacity over the next decade. Companies in Middle Georgia typically enjoy electric rates priced at 15%-20% below the U.S. national average.
Existing Industry & Agriculture: Over the past five years, the award-winning Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority has participated in the creation of more than 1,592 new jobs with a corresponding capital investment of $280 million! The Authority has also assisted with key expansions with several existing industries. Over 70 diverse firms (several of which are foreign-based), have found a happy home here in Dublin & Laurens County.–– From aerospace to agri-business, you'll find it here!
Boasting over 193,000 total acres of farmland, Laurens County ranks 4th in land size, and also 4th in timber and forest-related production. Over 2,350 people are involved in farming on the local level. The farm gate value of locally-produced products is over $58,043,572 which translates to an impressive "output" market value of $382,501,430. Cotton, soybeans, hay, wheat, corn, and peanuts are leading products. Horse breeding, plus beef and dairy cattle are also important to the local ag scene.
Education:Local leaders are adamant in believing that educational excellence is paramount to the overall success of a progressive community. There are two public school systems, one private school, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, the Dublin campus of Middle Georgia State University, a Dublin campus of Georgia Military College, plus a Bachelor of Business Administration Online Division of Georgia Southwestern State University.
Housing:Whether you are in the market for a spacious two story home or a cozy one bedroom apartment, Dublin and Laurens County have a wide selection of affordable options for you. Average home prices in the area range from below $60,000 to more than $300,000, suitable for anyone’s budget.
We extend a heartfelt welcome to Dublin & Laurens County....
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