From the quality of its workforce to its accessibility to major modes of transportation, Paulding offers a wide variety of strategic advantages for any business looking to expand or relocate its operations. Among the largest metro areas in the United States, Metro Atlanta is ranked #1 for lowest business costs.
Paulding County is ranked a Tier 4 community by the State of Georgia, meaning its economy is one of the healthiest in the state. Out of 159 counties, Paulding ranks the 12th healthiest economically based on its three-year unemployment, poverty and per capita income rates. Paulding County has one of the largest and most educated workforces in Georgia, with a labor force of over 67,000 that is part of a labor market of over 635,000. By virtue of its being a certified Georgia Work Ready community, Paulding’s workforce demonstrates it has the skill sets and knowledge necessary to successfully support a variety of industries.
Within its labor market, Paulding County has the 2nd highest percentage of high school graduates and 3rd highest percentage of college graduates. Its workforce development and training network served by Chattahoochee Technical College (Georgia’s largest technical college) and Georgia’s Quick Start program the nation’s #1 workforce training program.
In addition to being the 2nd fastest growing and 15th largest county in Georgia with a population of over 143,000, Paulding County also has one of Georgia’s highest percentages of residents that commute outside the county for work. Approximately 76 percent of employed residents leave the county for jobs throughout the Atlanta region. These individuals, many of them employed in manufacturing and production, represent an excellent supply of labor to new and expanding businesses in Paulding County.
In November 2013 Georgia was rated the #1 state in the United States for business by Site Selection magazine, and Paulding County officials are fully committed to providing the best business climate in Georgia through low taxes, competitive incentives, elimination of government red tape and removal of burdensome business costs. The county’s incentives are among the most competitive in Georgia, including opportunity zone job tax credits and property tax abatements for new and expanding businesses that are among the highest in Metro Atlanta and Georgia. Paulding offers county-owned business parks which provide planned and attractive priced properties for new and expanding businesses, as well as a county industrial building authority that can construct buildings at competitive prices for lease or purchase.