Economic Development

A SMALL COMMUNITY OF A MILLION+ PEOPLE

We have all been there—to a community where we can feel the energy.  There is a distinct pulse and a feeling of life all around us.  It is contagious.  There is a sense that things are happening here.  Welcome to Troup County, Georgia!



 

 
The community’s economic foundation prospers because of abundant natural resources, an educated work force, professional medical facilities, award-winning schools, an excellent transportation network and an outstanding quality of life.
 
Our location makes us a hub of activity.  Located at the intersection of two interstates (I-85 and I-185), the cities of Troup County are directly in the center of Georgia’s two largest metropolitan cities—Atlanta and Columbus.  This area has been named “The Growth Corridor of the South.”  More than 25,000 vehicles travel through the county on I-85 and 15,000 on I-185 each day.
 
  • Over 925,000 people live within a 45-minute drive of downtown LaGrange.
  • Over 2 million people live within 60 miles.
  • More than 3.5 million people visit Troup County’s unique tourist attractions annually.
  • LaGrange is home to LaGrange College, Georgia’s oldest private college.  Currently,  more than 1,000 students are enrolled.
  • More than 1,200 students are enrolled at West Georgia Technical College’s LaGrange Campus.
  • Point University, located in downtown West Point, is home to more than 550 students.
  • More than 43,000 students are enrolled at universities within a 45- minute drive at Auburn University, University of West Georgia and Columbus State University.

 
Imagine having access to this many people without rush hour traffic—in Troup County, we have rush minutes! 

 
Our community is in motion and gaining momentum--returning to the independent spirit of our founders, our commitment to hard work and our unique location in the South.  Troup County is home to more Fortune 500 regional sites per capita than anywhere in the United States including:
 
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  • Procter & Gamble Duracell
  • UPS Distribution Center
  • Caterpillar
  • Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Servicemaster/American Home Shield
 
Companies from Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom have brought their unique cultures to blend with our southern roots.  From Korean pears to Korean restaurants to other Korean-owned businesses and cultural arts, Kia’s decision to locate its first North American plant in Troup County has had a tremendous influence on Troup County.  The Korean automaker produces three top-selling models at its $1-billion manufacturing plant.  Employing more than 3,000 associates at the plant plus creating thousands of additional jobs at local suppliers, the investment of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. has created more than 15,000 regional jobs.
 
While Troup County is making waves on the international scene, we have not lost our focus on the community’s overall quality of life.  You can see it everywhere.  In the urban fabric of our growing downtowns.  On the tree-lined streets of historic neighborhoods and arts districts that help foster our hospitality and creativity.  On the smiles of a crowd at our sporting events.  And in our diverse economy that is among the fastest growing in the region.
 
What do a giraffe, Andy Warhol and a yurt have in common?  Troup County, Georgia!  Animals abound at the local Wild Animal Safari, one of the areas greatest tourist attractions.  More than 3.5 million visitors stroll through the gardens of Hills & Dales estate, dig for archaeological artifacts at Explorations in Antiquity, camp out in yurts and catch a wave on West Point Lake.  The lake is a 26,000 acre reservoir with 525 miles of shoreline.  Known for its large-mouth bass, West Point Lake was home to the 2011 and 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series that were attended by more than 14,000 fans each year. 
 
Visual and performing arts also abound.  The community boasts its own symphony, ballet, theatre companies, history museum, and art museum.  There are more Andy Warhol collectors in LaGrange than in any other community its size!
 
Our lives revolve around our rich cultural offerings, our extensive educational opportunities, our food and the simple abundance of our stunning landscape, rich with natural resources and wonder.  Troup County is at the crossroads of all that is dynamic about the modern South.

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