Incentives for Investing
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Investing in Athens
Athens, Georgia, has been getting a lot of attention. And for good reason.
About 60 miles from Atlanta, Athens is a vibrant college town that is home to the University of Georgia, known for its world-class research and innovation. UGA’s campus abuts downtown Athens, bringing vibrancy to the city center only steps away. Like Athens, Greece, this Athens is a cultural center of ideas, learning, and creativity.
It is a community of thought-leaders and tech start-ups, with business incubator Four Athens leading the way in harnessing the progressive energy of young entrepreneurs and creatives. In addition to the major economic influence of a major research university adjacent to downtown, a thriving music industry underpins the local economy, with recording studios, hometown bands such as Drive-By Truckers, REM, The B-52s, Widespread Panic, Pylon, Kishi Bashi, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Of Montreal, and a strong music business program in UGA's Terry College of Business.
Through UGA’s research engine, Athens sees annual expenditures of $230 million in Research & Development, notably in the disciplines of nanotechnology, genomics, plant breeding, life science, biomedical, engineering, and drug discovery.
A regional hub for healthcare, Athens is home to UGA’s Health Sciences Campus, housing the UGA College of Public Health and the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership. There is an active manufacturing component rounding out the local economy, as well as a strong base of small, independent businesses.
With a charming central business district of revitalized Victorian-era architecture, downtown Athens is a popular convention site and destination for tourists. Its reputation as a foodie town and its active live music scene put downtown Athens on the map and in many lists of best places to visit -- or to live.
Check out the media mentions and rankings of Athens, Georgia, as a top place to raise kids, retire, find the some of the best music, food, fun, and college town character.
Downtown Athens Economic Impact Report
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government published this report that measures the vast economic support and growth spurred by Downtown Athens.