Mitchell County is twenty second in size of the 159 counties in the state with 514 square miles of beautiful countryside and quiet towns. The Flint River is the counties western border and US Hwy. 19, a major four lane corridor, passes through its very heart. Mitchell County had a population of 23,932 in the 2000 census and is one of the few growing counties in Southwest Georgia boasting a 1.7% growth rate. Much of this growth rate represents the diversification and progressive attitude that this county has adopted within the last ten years. [View More Statistics]
Mitchell County has aggressively sought businesses such as Equity Group, Georgia Division LLC (a division of Keystone Foods), and Southeast Milk Inc. (SMI).
First United Ethanol, LLC (FUEL) has recently built a 100 million gallon dry mill ethanol facility in Mitchell County at a cost of $170 million. This plant uses approximately 36 million bushels of corn annually. In addition to ethanol, the plant is capable of producing 320,000 tons of dry distillers grains, a co-product of the ethanol process. These distillers grains are a high protein feed that will enhance livestock, dairy and poultry production in the state. Additionally, the plant can capture 160,000 tons of raw carbon dioxide gas annually that will be converted to dry ice and other products. Ground breaking for the project was January 3, 2007, production began in October 2008.
While agriculture remains the primary industry, our farmers have diversified into non-conventional agriculture such as alligator hide production, aquaculture, and eco-tourism. Mitchell County is one of the premier locations for quail hunting. Business people and hunting connoisseurs from around the world travel to our plantations to enjoy hunting and hospitality.
Our innovative and ingenious leaders have led the county into the cutting edge of the digital future. Mitchell County is the center of several fiber optic loops that span the southwest Georgia area. [Find out more about telecommunications innovations here.] Businesses, schools, and residents use technology as part of their daily lives with classes offered in computer technology through government agencies, technical colleges, and private businesses.
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Education - Our three public school systems and one private school boast many fine scholars that attend renowned colleges around the country. Technical colleges have located within our county to create a strong work force and to support such programs as Quick Start for industries that require customized onsite training. Our work force development program is one of the leading models for the state and has created an innovative welfare-to-work program that is receiving accolades throughout the state. Mitchell County is part of the Certified Literate Community Program, a Certified Entrepeneu rFriendlyy and Certified Work Ready Community.
Economic Development - The Mitchell County Development Authority participates in the Four County Joint Development Authority of Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, and Thomas counties. This Authority has created some of the most innovative and successful programs using funding from the OneGeorgia Authority, Department of Community Affairs, and other granting authorities. This Authority has also formed a Recreation Authority for the purpose of developing recreation opportunities in the region.
With available properties, excellent infrastructure, a strong workforce, and incentives, the Development Authority works with new businesses to create win-win scenarios for the business and citizens of Mitchell County. Mitchell County is a Tier I county and thus has available the highest level of tax incentives available in the business-friendly state of Georgia. Strong utility companies, excellent availability of natural resources, and the can-do attitude of Mitchell County citizens make this a great place to live, work, and play.
For an assessment of locating your business in Mitchell County please call Paige Shiver with the Mitchell County Development Authority, (229) 336-2061
The beautiful countryside and peaceful existence is one reason so many people make their home in Mitchell County. Citizens enjoy outdoor sports of all kinds including horseback riding, hunting, fishing, golf, boating on the Flint, and just about any outdoor recreation imaginable. For the sports lover the county has created a recreation program where our citizens and their children can come together to enjoy sporting events of all kinds. Additionally, the county is the only one in Southwest Georgia to employ a full time tennis professional and hosts the Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational, a premier event on the United States Senior Tennis Tour. Local Chambers of Commerce, Churches, Schools, and many other civic organizations host events and activities. The Flint River Arts Council hosts many cultural events and art classes. One of the leading dance companies in Southwest Georgia is based in Mitchell County. Several local fitness facilities, gymnasiums, and walking trails are enjoyed by residents year-round.
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Camilla Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 226
212 East Broad St., Camilla, GA 31730
Pelham Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 151
128 West Railroad St., Pelham, GA 31779
Southwest Georgia Regional Commission (RDC)
Dan Bollinger, Executive Director
PO Box 346
Camilla, GA 31730