Aerospace

Due to the large concentration of aerospace related industries in the area, Middle Georgia has been dubbed GEORGIA’S ‘AEROSPACE CORRIDOR’. Middle Georgia is home to more than 100 aerospace companies and contractors. The Middle Georgia area is also home to Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state with over 21,000 maintenance and logistics workers. There are over 30,000 aerospace workers in the area. Gray, Georgia offers workforce advantages for aerospace companies with wage rates below national averages, a favorable labor environment, trained workers and programs for ensuring expedited start-up operations.
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3 MRO operations and strong supplier network located within Region

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Quick Start- #1 Training Program in the Country

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Aerospace Engineering and aerospace technical training programs available

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7 colleges and universities with over 25,300 college students located within 50 miles

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11 county draw area of over 488,000 people

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First-rate transportation infrastructure

Automotive

Georgia’s Automotive Corridor

With its central location in the rapidly expanding Southern automotive corridor, Georgia offers automotive manufacturers accessibility and convenience in production and transportation. Georgia is home to more than 385 auto and vehicle related companies. It is this well-situated location that makes Gray, Georgia an ideal location for automotive suppliers. These companies, representing all stages of the supply chain, make use of innovative new technologies via eight research universities, and efficiently ship goods around the world via an integrated logistics network. Gray has the best tools for serving the automotive industry!

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21 automotive, truck and bus assembly plants within 500 miles
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Outstanding Interstate Highway access

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4 deep water ports within 5 hours

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Hartsfield International Airport within 1 ½ hours

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Metal fabrication training programs

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Welding and exotic metal training programs

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Skilled and dedicated workforce

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Competitive cost of doing business

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Extensive training opportunities for company workers available

Warehouse & Distribution

Gray-Jones County is centrally located to major markets with access to road, rail, and air supply lines and a wide range of options for moving cargo using one or more different modes of transportation, saving time and increasing efficiency. Strong transportation infrastructure and extensive connectivity means Jones can offer businesses supply chain management solutions and competitive advantage while improving profitability.

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82% of commercial markets within 2 shipping days of Georgia
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Strategic location in the heart of Georgia central to major markets and at the crossroads of the state’s 1,244 miles, just over 2,000 kilometers, of interstate, highway, and interchange routes, including I-75, I-16 and I-20 all within 30-45 miles (48-72 km)

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Norfolk Southern Railroad lines located in Jones County

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Norfolk Southern Railroad’s largest switching yard in the Southeast is located within 35 miles (56 km)

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2nd largest Atlantic Coast Container Port of Savannah within 2 hour 30 minutes by road

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Port of Brunswick, largest U.S. roll-on/roll-off port for new auto imports & 3rd largest U.S. roll-on/roll-off port overall within 3 hour 15 minutes by road

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4th largest U.S. Container Port of Charleston within 4 hour 30 minutes by road

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Port of Jacksonville within 4 hour 30 minutes with capacity for heavy and over-sized cargo and direct routes via the Panama and Suez Canals

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The busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located 85.6 miles (138 km) northwest

In addition to crucial transportation access, we know providing businesses with more than available labor, but skilled labor matching each employer’s specific needs is a top priority. Companies can take advantage of several workforce training initiatives for customized programs to meet specific hiring and training needs. There are *three colleges located within 30 minutes that offer a wide range of degrees, online, workforce training, development, certification, and CE programs, a few of which include:

* Georgia College

Degree Programs in Economics, Management, Management Information Systems, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Workforce Training, Continuing Education, and Customized Training Online and Classroom

* Georgia Military College

Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Logistics Management

* Central Georgia Technical College

Programs in Aerospace, Trade and Industry
Certification Programs, Customized Training, and No Cost, Quick Start Training Programs

Georgia Tech: Supply Chain & Logistics Institute

Supply Chain and Logistics Programs, Training and Certification Programs Online

Jones County College And Career Academy

Jones County students now have access to training in the area of construction, welding, engineering, healthcare science, information technology, agriculture, av/technology, business, education, JROTC, family and consumer sciences, programming, marketing and many more of the skills needed to compete in our global workforce. View JCCCA Pathway Programs.

The Development Authority Meets Regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month. This month's meeting will be held on February 22, in Atlanta, at the Centergy Hodges Room 75 5th Street NW, Suite 3500 at 12 PM.
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