For many years, Paulding County was content to be a bedroom community to Atlanta and Marietta. Its attractiveness as a residential community was based on Paulding’s excellent schools, housing prices, and proximity to the region’s employment centers, as well as the county’s low taxes, safe neighborhoods, and overall outstanding quality of life.
That all changed in 2008 when Paulding’s elected officials, businesses and community leaders realized that for Paulding to remain an attractive and desirable place to live, it had to develop a strong business community. In 2010 through the efforts of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and more than one hundred Paulding leaders a new organization was formed to serve as a single point of contact for the recruitment and expansion of industry in Paulding County. The result was the creation of Paulding County Economic Development (PCED).
PCED’s official start of operations was March 2011. PCED represents the economic development interest of its four financial partners-- Paulding County Board of Commissioners, City of Dallas, City of Hiram, and Paulding Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority (IBA) which is a non-paying partner. A nine-member board of directors appointed by the five partners oversees PCED’s operations and staff.
PCED is dedicated to transitioning Paulding County’s economy through the attraction of wealth-generating employment opportunities for its residents. PCED envisions a future in which advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, medical and back office operations create a healthy and vibrant business community that further enhances Paulding County as an outstanding location to live, work, and play.
PCED is a public/private partnership dedicated to advancing economic development in Paulding County and the Cities of Dallas and Hiram, through aggressive marketing and the leveraging of competitive assets. PCED works with new and existing businesses to generate quality new jobs and investments that are essential to Paulding County’s future.
Paulding County Economic Development (PCED) provides unmatched professional customer service with a staff that is always on call, regardless of the day or time. Activities and services provided by PCED include the following:
Since Paulding’s economic development effort began, the county has successfully recruited and facilitated the expansion of a number of businesses, as well as several strategic projects including the following:
PCED works diligently and effectively on the behalf of our companies both during the recruitment process and once they establish operations in Paulding. Our dedication and commitment to making sure new and expanding businesses in Paulding have all the resources at their disposal and a clear path to success is our highest priority. In other communities, small businesses may not be considered a top priority but they are in Paulding County. Businesses that employ five employees are just as highly valued and appreciated as those that employ hundreds. We take pride in assisting companies in areas that other economic development organizations do not typically venture and often find ourselves actively engaged with businesses in areas such as workforce recruitment, supplier and customer identification, and logistics.
PCED developed the now widely used motto in Paulding of “Destination Paulding, Arrival Time Now,” but it is more than just a tagline. It is the foundation on which our businesses development philosophy and activities have been built. It is truly reflective of PCED’s desire to make businesses -- especially manufacturers -- aware that Paulding is a premier location for their operations that affords many strategic opportunities. Since embarking on its economic development program in 2011 Paulding has quickly become recognized as an international manufacturing destination for small and medium size operations due to our pro-business climate, competitive operating costs and personalized customer service.
PCED encourages businesses to strongly consider the county for their operations and feel confident that it provides them with the business environment conducive to their growth and success.