Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the heartbeat of the south, Clayton County, Georgia. Fueled by the world’s busiest airport, Clayton County has grown over the past four decades to become a major center for logistics, transportation and international business in metro Atlanta.

Despite a sluggish national economy, Clayton County continues to see signs of economic improvement. Landmark projects such as the opening of the new $1.2 billion Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal, and the ground breaking for Porsche’s North American headquarters straddling the county line, have signaled a renewed interest by the global business community. Major new investment and job-generating growth by companies such as Briggs Equipment and HH Gregg helped make 2013 one of our best years in recent memory. Even more announcements are in store for 2014.

With an unprecedented 19 exits on four major U.S. interstates, Clayton County provides incredibly strategic and swift access to more than 80-percent of the U.S. population within two-day’s drive. Direct rail connections to the fastest growing container port in the country, a skilled and abundant labor force, and an award-winning water/sewer infrastructure with enormous additional capacity, make Clayton County the logical choice for manufacturing and supply chain investment.

Clayton County also has a vibrant, rich cultural scene, with amenities like the world-renowned Spivey Concert Hall, miles of nature and walking trails, NCAA Division II athletics at Clayton State University, museums and art galleries, historic districts and much more. A multicultural community that embraces diversity, in the shadow of one of the greatest cities in the U.S., Atlanta.

Our location, accessibility, and incredibly diverse physical environment have made Clayton County one of the top preferred filming locations for the state’s $4 billion entertainment industry. Within the past several years, our Film Office has helped attract more than 40 major Hollywood movies, television shows, music videos, commercials, and industrial projects. Recent films include Flight, starring Denzel Washington, and the largest film franchise in Georgia’s history, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The County is also home to numerous vendors and entertainment industry suppliers, from prop-houses to lighting and sound providers. Aggressive local incentives and an impossible-to-beat central location in metro Atlanta, combine to attract industry professionals from around the country.

Our team constantly strives to identify new sectors of growth opportunities and dedicate seasoned, knowledgeable professionals to guide the process. Tantamount to new business attraction is retaining existing industry and identifying resources that will help them grow. Such economic growth supports a thriving community by providing jobs for our citizens, diversifying and expanding our non-residential tax base, and contributing to a vibrant place where people find the opportunities and amenities that make Clayton County, Georgia, a great place to live, work and play.

We value the advantage of our dynamic location and our incredible assets, and we just as eagerly accept our challenges and the opportunities for growth that await our action. I hope that the next few pages will provide an insight into the successes of this past year, and how we plan to approach business in 2014.

Jobs. Investment. Global Business. Accessibility. Diversity. Rich Culture. Livability. It’s all here on Atlanta’s South Side. We invite you to see what everyone is talking about…the new Clayton County. Come be a part of the excitement!