22 Jun 2016

Amazon comes to Jackson County

Governor Nathan Deal today announced that Amazon will create more than 500 full-time jobs in the Braselton area.  The 600,000 square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

“Amazon’s decision to develop in Jackson County speaks to the strength and vitality of Georgia’s business-friendly environment,” said Deal. “We are thrilled that a global leader such as Amazon has chosen to expand its footprint here in Georgia. This project further bolsters Georgia’s reputation as the nation’s No. 1 state in which to do business.”



13 Jun 2016

Mill Graves named 2016-17 ICSC P3 Alliance, Public Sector Chair

This is a great YouTube video about the Public-Private Sector Alliance (P3) program and how communities can proactively get involved with ICSC and market themselves effectively. If interested in more information about ICSC or participation in the P3 program please visit icsc.org or reach out to Mill at ECG.

Along with 35,000 retail real estate industry professionals, ECG traveled to Las Vegas in May to attend the ICSC ReCon – the country’s largest deal making retail conference. ICSC is the platform for industry stakeholders – retailers, brokers, developers, the public sector, and tech vendors – to network deals, cultivate professional development, and advocate the current retail trends and consumer preferences shaping development. (more…)


09 May 2016

Dollar General to Invest $85 million in Butts and Spalding Counties

Governor Nathan Deal today announced that Dollar General, one of America’s leading discount retailers, will build a 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Butts and Spalding Counties.  The distribution center will create more than 500 jobs and represents a capital investment of $85 million.

“Dollar General’s decision to build a fulfillment center here in Georgia is a direct reflection of the high quality of our workforce and Georgia’s strategic location for accessing the Southeastern market,” said Deal. “Georgia is perfectly positioned to support this fulfillment center and Dollar General will benefit by building in the No.1 state in which to do business. I am confident that our economic environment and location will bolster growth
for Dollar General in Georgia.”

Read the full Georgia press release here.


29 Apr 2016

Legacy Housing, LTD expanding in Putnam County

Putnam County’s newest industrial resident is in a familiar business.  Legacy Housing, LTD, a builder and distributor of manufactured homes, worked with ECG’s Senior Business Development Associate Lonnie Smallwood and Wylly Harrison of the Georgia Department of Economic Development to bring operations to Eatonton, GA. “I’m really proud of this project.  The loss of Horton Homes was a setback for Putnam County, but also created a great opportunity.  The closing freed a large pool of skill-specific labor, and left a ready-made facility in waiting – we just needed to find the right fit.  Legacy Housing acquired the property and, thanks in great part to the trained workforce, began a very aggressive plan to ready the first production line for a February launch.  Their plans also include an expansion into the Tiny House market in 2017 – necessitating the hire of an additional 150 – 200 employees.” (more…)


21 Apr 2016

Mohawk Industries Expanding in Dalton-Whitfield County

Governor Nathan Deal today announced that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region. (more…)