Thomas R. Jennings 2016-12-08 01:46:42
As one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, Barrow County has been welcoming visitors and new residents for years, new businesses for decades. It has been creating memories for over a century. Ideally situated in Northeast Georgia, between Athens, home of the University of Georgia, and Atlanta, the cultural and business center of the Southeast, Barrow County offers a location unmatched in Georgia. From its geographic center, Athens lies less than 30 minutes away, Atlanta less than 45 minutes, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, less than one hour. The mountains of North Georgia can be reached in less than two hours, and the Atlantic Coast is only a little over four hours away. Indeed, the location is superb. Barrow County is also the geographic center of the Innovation Crescent, an area and coalition of more than a dozen counties and bioscience and economic development entities, all dedicatedto supporting Georgia’s life science growth. The Innovation Crescent partnership, linking the University of Georgia, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse, andthe Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, encompasses all of these rich resources and brings Barrow County to the center of the action. The community’s award-winning educational system has grown and expanded to meet the demands of a growing population. Student test scores and graduation rates exceedthe state average. System-wide accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) ensures quality graduates, teachers, and administrators. Lanier Technical College, part of the Technical College System of Georgia, has expanded with a new campus offering the latest in innovative technical skills, including the first technical college in the state to offer mechatronics, combining mechanics with the latest in electronic study, design, implementation and expansion. Adjoining the Lanier Tech campus, the Barrow County School System’s Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology allows students to seamlessly integrate studies and work training to enable businesses the ability to leverage our workforce. Throughout Barrow, many churches dot the landscape, offering worshippers many opportunities to embrace their faiths. New residents find these are welcoming places, with friendly faces. Within the county, two major thoroughfares cross, allowing easy access to all points. Interstate 85 travels through Barrow County’s northern section, while Georgia Highway 316, the University Parkway, bi-sects the county as it travels from Gwinnett County to Athens. Additionally, CSX Railroad travels its width, with rail siding available throughout. Barrow County is framed by two outstanding features. Sitting alongside of Interstate 85 is Chateau Elan. Encompassing avineyard, winery, resort, conference center, and 63-holes of golf, Chateau Elan is a true live, work, play environment. On its opposite end lies The Georgia Club, a golf-tennis-swim residential community. Located off Georgia Highway 316, The Georgia Club has a high-end quality that permeates the area, offering an excellent 27-holes of golf and a neighborly, welcoming feel. Located in Winder at the historic train depot, the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit and discover what is attracting so many new residents and businesses here. We want to share with you why Barrow County has become a center of attention for Northeast Georgia and why the vision of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce is Leading Business. Leading Barrow.
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