In 1983, the editor of the Albany, Georgia Herald newspaper coined the notion of “two Georgias,” suggesting that Central and South Georgia were “the poor economic cousins to the metro Atlanta area.”

And while metro Atlanta has grown significantly since that time, Central and South Georgia have experienced economic home runs with projects such as Kia Motors Manufacturing, which created 15,000 jobs in and around LaGrange.

And in South Georgia, the State’s ports, in Savannah and Brunswick, have evolved into significant economic assets, responsible for $44 Billion in State GDP, and 439,220 full- and part-time jobs in 2018. 

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