Located just 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, Paulding County has been one of the fastest growing communities in the United States over the past 10 years. Economists, planners and site selectors have all identified Paulding as one of the nation's brightest spots for economic development.
Access to a highly skilled workforce, a sophisticated logistics infrastructure and low business costs all add up to provide a fertile environment for growth. Paulding offers a diverse and stable business climate that continues to thrive, even in today's turbulent marketplace.
Since 2000, Paulding has experienced an average job growth rate of close to 20%. County officials recently announced an economic planning partnership with Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute to boost job growth. The partnership serves as a catalyst for the development of commerce and industry in the county.
The business community is taking notice, for example, Atlanta Film Studios is one of the newest enterprises with a Paulding address. The Hollywood presence creates value for the community and points toward the entrepreneurial nature of the community. Silver Comet, just 11 miles to the west, is the airport of choice for the extremely visible, high net-worth actors, producers and directors, who understand the value of working with a community that "gets it". Some of the recent movers and shakers passing through the airport include Harrison Ford, Queen Latifah, Dennis Quaid as well as executives from Warner Brothers.
The latest infrastructure enhancement projects - Silver Comet Field, Paulding's Technology Park and the new rail spur access to deep-water ports - provide a firm foundation for those seeking a logistically accessible, pro-business locale. Paulding County's airport was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce's "Excellence for Innovation in Economic Development Award," stemming from the design and planning excellence of Silver Comet.
Working in conjunction with the Georgia Centers of Innovation (GCI), Paulding County has developed sound strategies and relationships that are shaping the region's business recruitment and commercial future. The local economy benefits from its exceptional location in metro Atlanta and a low cost of living, yet Paulding County continues to improve the quality of life for its residents while maintaining an enriched history and natural environment, as well as a strong sense of community.
With an emphasis upon a progressive school system, protected and planned greenbelts for recreational activities, community and cultural events, as well as substantial retail and commercial services, it's easy to see why Paulding has earned a reputation for being a premiere location to live, work and play.
The population within a 25 mile radius of Silver Comet stands at just above one million residents and is forecast to increase by ~1% by 2016. Looking out 50 miles, the population number jumps to 4.4 million people and is estimated to also grow by ~1% by 2016.
Paulding County's demographic profile illustrates the community's solid base and points to future success as demonstrated by educational and income levels as well as population by age. Some highlights include: