About Barrow Economic Development


Businesses and industry are finding a multitude of reasons to choose Barrow County, Georgia to expand or relocate. Our ideal location between Atlanta and Athens includes access to Interstate 85 and Georgia Highway 316 (University Parkway), and we are less than one hour to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

At the center of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent and one of the points along the Innovation Corridor, Barrow County, Georgia employers have access to research universities such as the University of Georgia, 25 miles away in Athens, Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, and Emory University 50 miles away in Atlanta, Georgia. The workforce also has immediate access to a variety of technical training programs through the new 67,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Lanier Technical College campus in Winder.

Easy access, plenty of developable land, and a pleasant pace of life within minutes of Atlanta's amenities make Barrow County and its cities – Auburn, Bethlehem, Braselton, Carl, Statham and Winder – desirable for businesses and families to put down roots. Explore Barrow County's advantages on this site and then call us when you choose Barrow.

Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, May 21

    The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission meets from 12-1pm at 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA. The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, located in Athens, is one of twelve state-wide regional commissions, created to be a focal point for regional issues concerning local government and to be a resource for those governments in a variety of specialized areas including government planning, economic development, grant preparation, job training, and aging services. This agency serves 12 Northeast Georgia counties including Barrow County and 54 municipalities. Contact: Jim Dove, Executive Director, at 706-369-5650 or jdove@negrc.org or Mott Beck, Executive Assistant, at 706-369-5650 or mbeck@negrc.org

  • Wednesday, June 10

    Georgia's Innovation Corridor Joint Development Authority
    113 East Athens Street,
    Winder, GA, 3-4pm

    This joint development authority consists of representatives from four counties, Barrow, Gwinnett, Oconee, and Athens-Clarke. The purpose of the authority is to enhance economic opportunity along the University Parkway Corridor by developing and promoting a consistent development concept that will result in the location and expansion of business with world-class research and development, advanced manufacturing and the application of other knowledge based technologies. Contact: Thomas Jennings at 770-867-9444 (office) or 678-617-7280 (cell), or trjennings@barrowchamber.com