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Growth and expansion characterize business and industry in Bryan County. Savvy businesses view Bryan County’s unrivaled location advantages and pro-business, pro-growth attitude as the key to success in Southeast Georgia, one of the hottest business and residential growth areas in the country. In 2006, Money Magazine named Bryan County as one of the top counties in America for fastest job growth, and it ranked 11th out of 25 counties across the nation in job growth with a listed growth rate of 46.4 percent over a six-year period. The quality of life, economy, availability of desirable space, cost of living and transportation rank high on the list of priorities for most businesses as they contemplate building locations.

New and expanding industries can count on the services of Quick Start to help prepare their employees for the first day of operation. Quick Start is an internationally renowned job training program that significantly cuts start-up time and cost, while providing employees with world-class customized training. The program is administered locally by one of the technical or community colleges located within an hour’s driving distance.

Located just 30 minutes from Savannah and only two hours from Jacksonville, Florida, companies enjoy proximity to needed supplies and services along a well-developed network of excellent transportation avenues.

Being well-connected to global markets is critical. Savannah and Jacksonville’s International Airports provide regional, national and international air transport and the deep water ports of Savannah, Charleston, Brunswick and Jacksonville are short drives via I-95. Major rail carriers offer cost effective solutions and a complete comprehensive network for transportation of goods and supplies.

With two convenient interchanges, Richmond Hill enjoys a prime location just off I-95, as well as easy access to I-16 eight miles to the north. In addition, U.S. Hwy 17 is a direct thoroughfare through the city, providing another expedient avenue to Savannah or all destinations south. Trucking carriers and commuters alike will find convenient drives to Savannah, Fort Stewart and other nearby metropolitan areas.

Complementing an existing industrial park in Pembroke and several commercial properties, the business and industrial center at the intersection of I-16 and Highway 280 offers various possibilities for prospective business and industry. This site, named Interstate Centre, is an excellent location to build a light industrial or office building complex. Phase I of the Interstate Centre consists of 272 acres, Phase II has 505 acres and boasts a 605,000-square-foot spec building, and Phase III has 297 acres. Current tenants include Oracal, Oneida, DKW Logistics, LaFarge, Dicon Tech, Daniel Defense, Bryan County Fire Department, Foundation Contractors and Blue Bell Creameries.

Pembroke and Richmond Hill have several smaller parcels ready for development and a variety of commercial buildings ready for occupancy. The Development Authority of Bryan County has a professional economic development staff that can provide more in-depth information.

Near Richmond Hill, the Belfast Commerce Centre, a 904-acre rail-served business park, is under development with opportunities for 1 Mil SF +/- buildings. An interchange on the adjacent I-95 is in the permitting stage.

Growth and expansion are the future of Bryan County’s business and industrial environment as companies “connect with opportunity.” Our unbeatable quality of life combined with a prime location make Bryan County the site for business success.

Development Authority of Bryan County • 912-653-4967

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