Cartersville-Bartow County
Economic Development

P.O. Box 2224
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770.607.1199

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2016 Annual Report

February 21, 2017

Cartersville, GA, February 21, 2017– The Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority shared their annual report of economic progress during 2016, and their perspective regarding economic outlook for 2017.  Commissioner Taylor was on hand to note that, “without the community’s collaboration to support our employers, Bartow citizens would not be able to enjoy as many quality job opportunities.”

In 2016, there were 686 jobs added and/or announced from eleven companies including:  voestalpine Automotive Components Cartersville, Inc., Barnsley Gardens Resort, Shaw Industry Group’s Create Centre, Top Gun Powder & Architectural Coating, among others.  These companies are collectively investing $155,760,000 over the coming years, as reported by Melinda Lemmon, Executive Director.  Trending data related to the local economy was discussed, as well as future influencing factors on the community’s quality growth. 

Highland 75 Corporate / Industrial Park was among industrial properties with progress notes.  Highlights include:  Surya’s ribbon cutting ceremony with visiting Governor Nathan Deal and international guests, Constellium Automotive Structures North America’s building completion, and voestalpine Automotive Components Cartersville, Inc.’s most recent expansion.  2017 has already seen the addition of First American Resources, a German supplier to the automotive and construction industries, and the new Georgia DOT District 6 Headquarters.

Some notable accolades were received in the community during 2016 including:

  • In a recent edition of Southern Business & Development Magazine, Highland 75 was named among the “Best Industrial Sites in Metro Atlanta,” Bartow County was named among the “Best Places for Manufacturing in North Metro Atlanta” and Bartow County was named among the “Best Locations in Metro Atlanta for Automotive Suppliers.”
  • Georgia’s 2016 Economic Development Volunteer of the Year was Mr. Eric Strickland, honored by the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
  • Toyo Tire was the winner of Georgia’s Inaugural Automotive Award for Supplier of the Year, honored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
  • Voestalpine was named as Georgia’s Education Business Partner of the Year by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at a state education conference, and Bartow’s Manufacturer of the Year by the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr. Paul Sabin presented the Bartow County College & Career Academy Model as a “Best Practice” for partnering with Economic Development at the annual Electric Cities of Georgia economic development conference.
  • The Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development was pleased to host International Trade Representatives from GDEcD Trade offices from around the globe.

During remarks, Chairman James Jarrett thanked all concerned for their part in nurturing existing industries, and Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini thanked attendees for their roles in the community’s success, noting that because of partners in utilities, brokerage community, education partners and state partners, among others “our community has much to look forward to.”


About the Authority:

The Mission of the Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority is to develop and promote trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities for the public good and general welfare of Cartersville, Bartow County and the state of Georgia. 


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Melinda Lemmon, Executive Director,
770.607.1199  |  404.218.2180

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Melinda Lemmon,  770.607.1197
Matthew Thomas,  770.607.1198
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