An internationally circulated business publication has ranked Gainesville-Hall County as third in the country for economic growth and first in Georgia for metro areas of less than 200,000 residents.
Site Selection Magazine determined this annual rating based on a review of the previous year’s new and expanded business locations, according to size and number of project locations.
The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council reported the single best year of capital investment in 2015. Twenty-four new and existing projects announced investment plans for more than $320 million in investment and more than 1,100 jobs, according to the Chamber.
“Our ability to attract and retain talent and provide high-demand job skills differentiates Gainesville-Hall County from many other metro areas,” said Tim Evans, chamber vice president of economic development. “In response to steady business and job growth, our population is growing at almost 2 percent per year.”
The Chamber’s business activity for the period accounts for more than 1.7 million-square-feet of industrial and commercial space occupancy and more than one-million-square-feet of new construction.
Building permits in Gainesville-Hall County also were an all-time high in 2015. Recent expansions include Kubota Manufacturing of Amercia, King’s Hawaiian, Wrigley Manufacturing, ZF Industries, First Fresh Foods, PFG Miltons, Left Nut Brewing, Academy Sports, Marel Stork and The Louver Shop.
The high rank is nothing new for Gainesville-Hall County. Site Selection rated the area as sixth in the nation and first in Georgia in 2014.
The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council includes the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Hall County and the cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Lula and Oakwood.