Banks County Economic Development
LocationIf you are looking for a place to grow your business, Banks County may be the right place. Located in the hottest growth corridor of the Southeast, Banks County is well situated for economic prosperity. With U.S. Highway 441, Interstate 85, and Norfolk Southern Railroad running through the county and Interstate 985 very close to the western side of the county, transportation is a very important asset to the future of Banks County. With a progressive county government, the business climate is very favorable for commercial and industrial growth.
EmployersManufacturing is the largest employment sector in the county, providing 31% of the jobs and 29% of employment earnings. Retail Industry trade is the next largest contributor to employment in the county, providing 18% of the jobs and 12% of employment earnings. Farming is also important to the county's economy, providing 16% of the jobs and 31% of employment earnings. Statewide, service employment is the largest employment sector, contributing 23% of the state's jobs and earnings.
Historically, the county has had an agribusiness economy based on poultry and cattle production. The efforts of the county leaders will be to protect this agriculture-based economy while at the same time supporting quality, controlled growth to provide Banks County citizens with jobs and secure a bright future for generations to come.
The five largest companies in the county are Mount Vernon Mills, Inc., Craven Pottery, Inc., Fieldale Farms, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, and Wal-Mart Super Center. Together, these five companies provide approximately 1,400 jobs to residents of the area.
TourismBanks county is the location of one of the most visited outlet centers in the South, with over 150 outlet stores, 750 hotel rooms, 30 restaurants, pottery, racing and golf. Special events such as the World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Georgia's Largest Sidewalk Sale, and the Banks County Festival attract visitors annually.
TelecommunicationsOne telephone company, Alltel Georgia, serves the county. However, a number of long distance, Internet and cellular phone providers are offered in Banks County.
Source: Banks County Chamber of Commerce