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Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber fosters economic development and promotes local business to help the Athens community grow and prosper. Their website offers member information, a business directory, economic development information, and resources for visitors and residents of Athens.

Athens Area Community Foundation
A public philanthropic organization bringing together individuals, families, corporations, and private foundations to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of all people in the Athens community through charitable giving and civic involvement.

ACC Economic Development Foundation
A public-private agency created to work with chamber of commerce, government, and UGA officials in promoting existing industries and attracting new businesses.

ACC Department of Housing & Community Development
Strives to improve and develop viable neighborhoods by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income families. Helps overcome barriers to full-time regular employment and encourages the establishment and growth of local businesses in order to encourage job creation.

Athens Downtown Development Authority
Acts a as liaison between government and the downtown business community to promote and enhance a safe and economically viable central business district.

Better Business Bureau
Serving metro Atlanta, Athens, and Northeast Georgia by fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence, and contributing to an ethical business environment.

East Athens Development Corporation
A nonprofit community based development organization working to facilitate the economic empowerment of East Athens residents, and development and revitalization of the East Athens Community.

Economic Justice Coalition
Promotes a vision for economic fairness by advocating for fair wages and health benefits, quality jobs for low wage workers, corporate responsibility and accountability, and the rights of workers to organize.

Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
NEGRC serves 12 counties in the Northeast Georgia region for regional issues concerning local government such as economic development, grant preparation and administration, job training, planning, and aging services.

A community initiative to identify and combat the causes of persistent poverty in Athens-Clarke County. OneAthens is a successor organization to Partners for A Prosperous Athens and works to implement comprehensive strategies to break the cycle of poverty.

Protect Downtown Athens
Citizens seeking to provide accurate information to inform and focus community discussion about the proposed development of the former Armstrong and Dobbs property, situated between downtown Athens and the North Oconee River. The website provides a summary of concerns, and recommendations for improving the design to work with the topography and community driven projects already in progress adjacent to the site.

Small Business Development Center - Athens Office
Business consulting, business training workshops, and marketing and research services are available to assist individuals with the start-up of new businesses or the expansion of existing businesses.

industry & trade organizations

Athens Apartment Association
A local chapter of the Georgia Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association. Provides education courses and legal support and keeps its members abreast of issues that arise in the apartment industry.

Athens Area Association of Realtors
Provides its members with services, programs, and education which advocate private property rights, professionalism, and ethical real estate practices while promoting a positive realtor image in the community.

Athens Area Council of Real Estate Appraisers
An organization of appraisers in the Athens-Clarke County area who have joined together to promote good business ethics and higher educational standards for the real estate appraisal profession.

Athens Area Home Builders Association
A trade association representing the building industry in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties. Strives to create a favorable climate for quality, affordable construction to assure a positive economic future for the community.

Athens Society for Human Resource Management
A non-profit society of human resource professionals representing business, government, and education.

International Association of Administrative Professionals
The Athens chapter of IAAP aims to provide information, education, and training for administrative professionals and to enhance their individual and collective value, image, competence and influence.


Chamber of Commerce Business Directory
A directory of member businesses belonging to the Athens Area Chamber.

Manufacturers Directory
List of manufacturing firms in the Athens area.

Downtown Businesses
A complete list of businesses and offices in the downtown Athens area.

Five Points Businesses
A business listing for the Five Points shopping district.

Georgia Square Mall
Features four department stores and over 100 shops.

Connect2Athens Business Directory
A local online directory of Athens area businesses and organizations.

An online yellow pages service for Athens GA.

Switchboard Yellow Pages
Extensive yellow pages business directory for the Athens area.

Local Web Guide
The 'Business and Commerce' section provides links to websites of a wide variety of Athens businesses.

Athens Locally Crafted
A virtual market where local craftspeople and artisans can display their goods. All products come directly from crafters located in or near Athens.

Meeting and Convention Facilities
Information about Athens facilities which host meetings and conventions, including the Classic Center, the Georgia Center For Continuing Education, museums, arts centers, historic buildings, and many hotels.

economic statistics

Athens, GA Economy at a Glance
Bureau of Labor Statistics data on labor force and employment in Athens.

Clarke County Labor Profile
Data on the labor force, employment, local industry, commuting patterns, and wages of workers.


BEA Regional Fact Sheets detail personal income using current estimates, growth rates, and a breakdown of the sources of personal income. Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
Estimates of the numbers of persons employed in over 200 different occupations in Athens-Clarke County, along with information on hourly & annual wages.

Income Distribution Map
Shows the dispersion of median household income in the Athens, GA area.

Employment Analysis
Tables and charts showing employment changes in Clarke County from 1990 to 2008.

Employment Projections and Workforce Trends

Forecasts for the 12 counties of northeast Georgia in and around the city of Athens.

Industry Mix
Annual figures 2000-2009 for industries in Clarke County. Provides data on number of businesses, number of employees, and wages.

Business Patterns Databases
Data on area business establishments, employment, and payroll. View by county, metro area, or zip code. Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Economic Census

Provides detailed data about the local economy.

The Georgia Statistics System
This online version of the Georgia County Guide provides extensive data about the economy of Clarke County. Examples include: per capita income, unemployment, retail sales, lottery sales, property taxes, and more.

Clarke County FedStats
Statistics about people, economy, and geography.

Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits
Single-unit and multi-unit housing construction in Athens by year, 1985-2009. From the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

Consolidated Federal Funds Report
Search this database for information on Federal Government expenditures or obligations in Clarke County. Covers grants, loans, salaries and wages, retirement payments, and more.

United States Historical Census Browser
Historical demographic, economic, and social data for each state and county from 1790 to 1960. Economic data include statistics on manufacturing, agriculture, occupations, etc. Types of data available vary from decade to decade.


Poverty in Athens
A report by Partners for A Prosperous Athens on poverty and the Athens-Clarke County economy.

Economic Impact of the University of Georgia on the Athens Area
A report from the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Athens
A study conducted by the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department.