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					  WEST GEORGIA
   REGIONAL
    OUTLOOK
          Michael Raper
              and
           David Boldt
              and
           Carol Dole

   Department of Economics


        Jack Johnson, Dean

  Richards College of Business
State University of West Georgia

         October 29, 2002
                    REGIONAL PROFILE AND TRENDS

The West Georgia Region is defined here as Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, and
Paulding counties. With the exception of Haralson, these counties are part of the twenty
county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).




                             WEST GEORGIA REGION



                                           PAULDING


                     HARALSON


                                                 DOUGLAS


                            CARROLL




                                                   COWETA




The economic impact of the West Georgia Region on the state is significant. In 2001, the
West Georgia Region had a population of 398,522 representing 4.8% of the state total.
Covered employment in the region was 110,173 representing 2.8% of the state total. The
estimated combined personal incomes of residents of the West Georgia Region was $8.6
billion, representing 3.8 % of Georgia's total personal income in 2001.
In terms of growth, the impact of the West                              POPULATION GROWTH
Georgia Region is more significant. From                               West Georgia Region, 1996-2001
1996-2001, population in the West Georgia
                                                     Georgia                         2.3
Region increased by 72,786 accounting for
                                                     Atlanta                                   3.3
8.2% of Georgia's growth. Paulding led the
                                                     Carroll                               2.9
way in population growth within the region,
                                                     Coweta                                                    4.8
growing at an average annual rate of 7.3%
                                                    Douglas                              2.7
compared to the state, which grew at an
                                                    Haralson                     1.9
annual rate of 2.3%. Coweta with a 4.8%
                                                    Paulding                                                                    7.3
annual growth rate, as well as Carroll and
                                                               0                 2                4                  6            8
Douglas with 2.9% and 2.7% annual growth
                                                                   Average Annual Percent Change
rates respectively, also grew faster than
Georgia. Haralson with an average annual
growth rate of 1.9% grew more slowly than
the state as a whole from 1996-2001.

Paulding also had the fastest covered                                 EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
employment growth in the region, growing at                           West Georgia Region, 1996-2001
an average annual rate of 7.9% from
                                                     Georgia                                     2.3
1996-2001 compared to the state, which
                                                     Atlanta                                         2.9
grew at an annual rate of 2.3%. Douglas with
                                                     Carroll         (0.1)
a 5.1% annual growth rate and Coweta with
                                                     Coweta                                          2.9
a 2.9% annual growth rate have also grown
                                                    Douglas                                                          5.1
faster than the state while employment in
                                                    Haralson                             1.5
Haralson more slowly than the state as a
                                                    Paulding                                                                          7.9
whole. Carroll saw covered employment fall
                                                               (2)           0             2               4             6        8
at an average annual rate of - 0.1% for the                        Average Annual Percent Change
5-year period.

The West Georgia Region is also home to
more than $3.3 billion in bank deposits.                        BANK DEPOSITS GROWTH
                                                                   West Georgia Region, 1996-2001
Bank deposits in the region represented
3.0% of the state total in 2001. Depository          Georgia                                         5.8

institutions in Carroll alone held over $1           Atlanta                                            6.6

billion in deposits in 2001. Paulding had the        Carroll                                            6.5

fastest growth in deposits from 1996-2001            Coweta                                          5.8

                                                    Douglas                                            6.1
growing at an average annual rate of 10.8%.
                                                    Haralson                     2.9
Bank deposits in Carroll and Douglas also
                                                    Paulding                                                                    10.8
grew faster than the state as a whole while
deposits in Coweta grew at approximately                       0        2            4            6             8          10    12
                                                                   Average Annual Percent Change
the same rate as the state. Bank deposits in
Haralson grew at a much slower rate than the
state from 1996-2001.




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Faster than average growth for the West                    PERSONAL INCOME GROWTH
Georgia Region is also reflected by the                             West Georgia Region, 1996-2001
surge in total personal income, which grew
                                                     Georgia                                                  8.0
an estimated $3.0 billion, accounting for
                                                     Atlanta                                                             9.3
3.7% of the state's total personal income
                                                     Carroll                                          7.5
growth from 1996-2001. Consistent with
                                                     Coweta                                                                   9.5
population growth within the region, Coweta
                                                    Douglas                                         7.2
and Paulding likewise had the fastest
                                                    Haralson                                  6.7
estimated total personal income growth
                                                    Paulding                                                            9.0
rates, both growing faster than the state.
                                                                3       4       5         6   7           8         9          10
Total personal income in Douglas, Carroll,
                                                                    Average Annual Percent Change
and Haralson grew at a slightly slower rate
than the state as a whole from 1996-2001.

The estimated growth rate of per capita                        PER CAPITA INCOME GROWTH
income in each of the West Georgia Region                            West Georgia Region, 1996-2001
counties was similar to the state growth rate
                                                     Georgia                                                              4.5
from 1996-2001 except for Paulding, which
                                                      Atlanta                                                                   4.8
had a much slower growth rate. However,
                                                      Carroll                                                             4.5
this does not suggest that fast-growing
                                                      Coweta                                                              4.5
Paulding has been attracting lower income
                                                    Douglas                                                              4.4
households since median household income            Haralson                                                                   4.7
has been rising in the county. Rather, it is        Paulding                        1.5
likely due to an increase in the percent of
                                                                0           1         2           3             4               5
young, larger than average size households.                         Average Annual Percent Change




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                                                                    Carroll County


                              Profile and Trends                                                       POPULATION CHANGE
                                                                                                        Carroll County, 1990-2000
                                                th
Carroll County ranks 29 among Georgia’s                                              Bowdon            (15)

159 counties in land area with 499 square                                        Bremen (pt.)                     12

                                                                                   Carrollton                                   3,404
miles. Carroll’s municipalities accounted for                                     Mount Zion                       526
35.5% of the population in 2000, down from                                          Roopville      (86)

38.9% in 1990. From 1990-2000, the county                                              Temple                          538

                                                                                Villa Rica (pt.)                  34
grew at an average annual rate of 2.0%,                                           Whitesburg       (90)
down slightly from the 2.5% annual rate for                                   Unincorporated                                                              11,523

the 1980s and slower than the state rate of                                                   -2,000          0         2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000
2.4%. Net migration accounted for 59.5% of
the 1990s population growth, while 40.5%
was due to natural increase. Carroll’s                                        income grew at an average annual rate of
population grew from 71,422 in 1990 to                                        4.3%, which was above the national rate of
87,268 in 2000.                                                               4.2% but was below the state rate of 4.6%.
                                                                              As a result, Carroll fell slightly in the rankings
                              POPULATION GROWTH                               among Georgia counties in per capita
                                                                              income from 57th in 1990 to 58th in 2000.
                                   Carroll County
Annual Percent Change




                        3.0
                                              2.5                   2.4       Carroll’s total personal income of $1.91
                              2.2
                        2.0
                                    2.0             2.0       2.0             billion in 2000 ranked 25th in the state and
                                                                              represented 0.8% of Georgia’s total
                        1.0
                                                                              personal income. Earnings from wage and
                                                                              salary income, other labor income, and
                                                                              proprietors income accounted for 68.3% of
                        0.0
                               1970s           1980s           1990s          personal income in 2000, down from 70.2%
                                    Carroll               Georgia             in 1990. Likewise, the share of personal
                                                                              income from dividends, interest, and rent fell
According to 2000 Census data, median                                         slightly from 16.3% in 1990 to 16.1% in 2000
household income in Carroll was $38,799 in                                    while the share of personal income from
1999, which ranked 40th among Georgia                                         transfer payments rose from 13.5% in 1990
counties, up slightly from 42nd in 1989.                                      to 15.5% in 2000.
Carroll’s poverty rate of 13.7% in 1999 was
higher than the rate for the state of 13.0%                                   According to the Bureau of Economic
and was up slightly from 12.8% of the                                         Analysis, total employment in Carroll in 2000
population below the poverty level in 1989.                                   consisted of wage and salary employment of
                                                                              34,581 and 7,040 proprietors including 834
Per capita income in 2000 was $21,678,                                        farm proprietors. Farming contributed 2.4%
which was 78% of the average for Georgia                                      of total employment and 2.2% of earnings in
and 74% of the national average. From                                         the county in 2000. Based on the most
1990-2000, Carroll’s per capita personal                                      recent Census of Agriculture, Carroll ranked


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2nd in the state in number of farms with 702 in       employment and earnings in this section and
1997 with farms occupying 24.4% of the                the discussion of covered employment that
land. The value of farm commodities                   follows in the next section use definitions of
produced rose sharply from $77.4 million in           employment and earnings based on the SIC
2000 to $103.8 million in 2001 when Carroll           (Standard Industrial Classification) System.
ranked 22nd in the state. Broiler production          The SIC System is being phased out and
alone was valued at $84.0 million in 2001.            replaced by the North American Industrial
Carroll ranked 1st in the state in the value of       Classification System (NAICS).
cattle produced at $9.1 million in 1999.
                                                                                     EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
Carroll’s industrial base remains heavily                                                 Carroll County
manufacturing with that sector accounting for




                                                       Annual Percent Change
                                                                               5.0
                                                                                     4.1
21.9% of total employment and 27.9% of                                         4.0
earnings in 2000. Non-durable goods, which                                                           2.9 3.0
                                                                               3.0                                       2.8
accounted for 38.8% of manufacturing                                                       2.5

earnings in 2000, is concentrated in food                                      2.0
                                                                                                                   1.4
processing, apparel, and paper products.                                       1.0
Durable goods manufacturing, which                                             0.0
accounted for 61.2% of manufacturing                                                  1970s           1980s         1990s
earnings in 2000, is heavily concentrated in                                               Carroll             Georgia
primary metals.
                                                      Notable changes under NAICS include the
Durable goods manufacturing contributed               creation of several new sectors containing
17.0% of earnings in the county in 2000,              new industries and others moved from
down from 24.1% in 1990. The share of                 existing SIC sectors. For example, under
earnings in non-durable goods likewise fell           NAICS, information includes publishing,
from 13.7% to 10.8% over the same period.             which was previously in manufacturing;
On the other hand, the share of earnings in           communications, which was previously in
services rose from 16.7% in 1990 to 20.2%             transportation, communications, and utilities;
in 2000 with health services alone                    and data processing, which was previously in
accounting for 10.0% of 2000 earnings.                services; and on-line information services,
                                                      which is new.         Another new sector,
During the 1990s, employment in Carroll               accommodations and food services,
grew at an average annual rate of 1.4%,               contains hotels and motels, which were
down substantially from the 2.9% annual rate          previously in services and restaurants, which
of the 1980s and the 4.1% annual rate of the          were in retail trade under the SIC System.
1970s.      Industries with the fastest
employment growth were wholesale trade,               For a detailed view of employment by
which grew at an average annual rate of               industry in Carroll County under the new
4.2%, followed by local government at 3.3%,           NAICS System see the table at the end of
and services at 3.0%. Manufacturing                   this booklet that contains data from County
employment fell at an average annual rate of          Business Patterns. For more information on
1.6% for the decade.                                  the switch to NAICS, follow the NAICS link at
                                                      the Census Bureau’s home page at
It is worth noting that the discussion of             http://www.census.gov/.

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Recent Conditions and Outlook                                   in each pay scale category at its Carrollton
                                                                store by $.50 for newly hired employees.
After growing at a 2.0% average annual rate
from 1990-2000, Carroll County’s population                     Initial claims for unemployment benefits in
surged 4.5% in 2001, making Carroll the 15th                    Carroll County totaled 531 in August 2002,
fastest growing county in the state. Carroll’s                  well below last August’s total of 797. Initial
2001 population of 91,956 ranks 22nd among                      unemployment claims in Carroll, like the state
Georgia counties.                                               as whole, were at high levels in 2001.
                                                                However, initial claims have trended
The rapid change in the demographics of                         downward in Carroll since January. This
Carroll County is also reflected in housing                     trend lends optimism that labor market
trends. In 1996, Villa Rica issued building                     conditions in the county are improving.
permits for a total of 14 new housing units,
about 2% of the county total. To date this                      Despite weakness in the national and local
year, Villa Rica has accounted for 31% of the                   economies, new residential construction
new residential construction activity in the                    activity in Carroll County has been
county.      Much of the county’s recent                        remarkably strong. In 2001, new housing
population gains can be attributed to a                         activity reached record levels when building
number of new housing developments in                           permits were issued for a total of 2,343
close proximity to I-20.                                        housing units--1,709 single-family units and
                                                                634 multi-family units.
In August, Carroll County’s unemployment
rate was 5.2%, up from 4.6% in August                           According to Census Bureau estimates,
2001. Carroll’s August unemployment rate                        permits for a total of 1,424 new housing units
was also the highest of any county in the                       have been issued in the county this year
West Georgia Region and higher than the                         through August, compared to 1,377 for the
state at 4.7% and the Atlanta MSA at 4.9%.                      same period in 2001. Eighty-six percent of
                                                                the permits issued this year are for single-
Carrollton’s unemployment rate in August                        family homes.
was 7.2%, 0.6% higher than the August 2001
rate. As an indication of the softness of the                   So far this year, new housing permits have
job market in Carrollton, the Publix grocery                    been almost evenly divided between
chain decided to reduce the top hourly wage                     unincorporated and incorporated areas in

                                UNEMPLOYMENT RATE                                   UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
                                    Carroll County                                       Carroll County
                     8                                                           1,400
 % Unemployed, NSA




                                                                                 1,200
                                                                Initial Claims




                     6                                                           1,000
                                                                                  800
                     4
                                                                                  600

                     2                                                            400
                                                                                  200
                     0                                                              0
                         2000           2001         2002                            2000   2001   2002

                                  Carroll      Georgia


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                 HOUSING PERMITS                                                HOUSING PERMITS
                    Carroll County                                                 Carroll County
   2,500                                                               1,200

   2,000                                                               1,000

                                                                        800
   1,500
                                                                        600
   1,000
                                                                        400
    500
                                                                        200

      0                                                                   0
            91   92   93   94 95   96 97   98   99   00   01                         ' 01 to Date    ' 02 to Date
           Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units                  Single Family Units   Multi-Family Units


the county. The City of Villa Rica has                              To a certain extent, Carroll has benefitted
permitted 434 units thus far in 2002, almost                        relative to other areas in the Atlanta MSA
19% more than the first eight months of                             from historically low mortgage rates that have
2001. Carrollton has also seen a sharp rise                         made it possible for many households to
in housing activity in 2002 with a total of 162                     purchase single-family housing for the first
units permitted through August, compared to                         time. There is no question that low mortgage
65 units through August of 2001.                                    rates have significantly increased the
                                                                    percentage of young households that can
On the other hand, Temple has seen housing                          now qualify for mortgage financing. A
activity soften in 2002 with single-family                          common sight in Carroll these days are signs
permits declining from 126 in the first eight                       in the front yards of new homes that advertise
months of 2001 to 52 for the same period                            100% financing and monthly payments
this year. Nevertheless, new single-family                          comparable to apartment rents.
housing construction remains strong in
unincorporated Carroll near Temple in areas                         Carroll’s primary advantage in the market for
such as Rainey Road north of the city.                              first-time home buyers is simple. Builders in
                                                                    Carroll can offer comparable housing at a
Thus far in 2002, a total of 194 multi-family                       lower price relative to most other counties in
units have been permitted in Carroll County,                        the Atlanta MSA due to lower land costs.
35 units fewer than in the first eight months of                    With almost 500 square miles of land, there
2001. Villa Rica accounted for most of these                        is no shortage of suitable land for residential
with 129 units, while Carrollton issued                             development in the county.            Recently
permits for 38 units.                                               released data from the 2000 Census shows
                                                                    that the median house value in Carroll County
The housing boom in Carroll County is due in                        was found to be 10% to 15% lower than in
part to historically low mortgage rates and                         counties closer to downtown Atlanta, such as
the expectation that Atlanta’s economy will                         Douglas and Paulding.
recover from recession and resume the
healthy growth enjoyed in recent years.                             Also, Carroll and other counties in the West
Moreover, Carroll has been capturing an                             Georgia Region appear to be benefitting
increasing share of the Atlanta MSA’s new                           from increased congestion in other areas of
housing in recent years indicating that the                         the Atlanta MSA that is reducing the relative
county is becoming relatively more attractive                       attractiveness of those areas. I-20 West and
to new homeowners.                                                  I-85 South are in general less crowded

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routes for commuting compared to I-75                 workers. Sony continues to employ about
North, I-85 North, and GA 400.                        135 workers engaged in distribution
                                                      activities.
Carroll County and other parts of the West
Georgia Region will soon have another                 Another Carrollton manufacturer, Fitel, laid
advantage for residential development not             off 130 workers in late 2001. Since then, this
enjoyed throughout the Atlanta MSA–ample              fiber optic manufacturing plant has been
water resources. Completion of the Snake              purchased by Furukawa Electric Corporation
Creek Reservoir in Carroll and the likely             and renamed as OFS Brightwave.
development of the West Georgia Regional
Reservoir in Haralson should insure that lack          Southwire also reduced its workforce by 100
of water will no longer be an impediment to           in May 2001. An additional 117 layoffs were
development in both counties.                         announced by Southwire’s Machinery
                                                      Division in January 2002. Southwire’s total
Unfortunately, Carroll County’s employment            employment in Carroll County now stands at
picture is not as rosy as its housing picture.        approximately 1,600 workers.
Covered employment in the county fell by
3.1% in 2001, whereas in the state as a               Virtually all manufacturing sectors saw
whole, it remained flat compared to 2000.             employment shrink in 2001. The once
Carroll’s job losses in 2001 were the worst in        rapidly expanding food processing sector
the West Georgia Region and the county’s              saw employment drop by 5.3%. Apparel
worst losses in at least 30 years.                    continued its decline with a 229 job loss, a
                                                      19.8% decrease. Employment in 2002 and
To compare last year’s losses to other                beyond in this sector is likely to contract in
recession years, covered employment in                the county and Georgia due to intense
Carroll fell 2.1% in 1980 and 2.5% in 1991.           competitive pressure from lower cost foreign
Similar to those downturns, it appears that           producers. This summer, Americal, a
economic conditions again deteriorated                women’s hosiery manufacturer in Carrollton,
earlier in Carroll than in Atlanta and Georgia.       laid off about 80 workers in July while
                                                      Bremen-Bowdon Manufacturing laid off 45
The steep decline in employment in Carroll            workers in August.
County in 2001 can be mainly explained by
large job losses in manufacturing. The loss           The job loss in textiles was more modest in
of 1000+ jobs in this sector in 2001                  2001 as this sector suffered a 3.6%
represents a 12.0% contraction and is                 reduction. Wellington Mills in Whitesburg
particularly significant since manufacturing          laid off 65 workers in April 2001. Rubber
accounts for almost 28% of covered                    and plastic manufacturing suffered a loss of
employment in the county.                             100 jobs in 2001, a 16.9% decline.

The most significant loss in manufacturing in         Looking ahead, three significant expansions
the county resulted from the closing of Sony          will add to the county’s manufacturing base.
Music’s production facility in Carrollton in          Janus International, an overhead rolling door
March 2001. About 380 workers lost their              manufacturer, opened a plant in the Temple
jobs as a result of this closing. At its peak,        Industrial Park near I-20. Janus currently
the Sony plant employed almost 1,500                  employs about 100 workers. Company

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officials anticipate 400 jobs at its Temple            employment in Carroll with almost half of this
site by 2006. A Villa Rica manufacturer,               sector’s jobs in health services. Overall,
PrintPack, anticipates adding 150-200                  covered employment in services rose slightly
workers to the 200 it currently employs by             in 2001, up 1.6%. Employment in health
2005. Various tax incentives were provided             services rose 4.8% while employment in
to this family-owned packaging materials               business services fell 4.2%.
manufacturer to support this job expansion.
                                                       Health services employment in the county will
The City of Carrollton just landed a new auto          likely get a boost in the future from both the
parts manufacturing plant, owned by                    expansion of Tanner Medical Center in
Decoma International Incorporated, for its             Carrollton and the opening of Tanner’s new
industrial park. Decoma manufactures a full            $17 million facility in Villa Rica. In Carrollton,
range of exterior auto parts including bumper          Tanner has added a new parking deck and
systems, trim, and front/rear modules.                 is finishing up construction on a new
Construction began in October on Decoma’s              intensive care facility, an $8.5 million project.
new plant, which is expected to employ 300             Tanner’s new 40-bed Villa Rica hospital is
workers. The company was attracted to                  projected to open in Fall 2003. A new
Carrollton in part by the tax incentives offered       medical building located on Clinic Avenue
for locating in the West Carrollton state              adjacent to Tanner Medical Center opened
enterprise zone.                                       in early 2002. This building is designed to
                                                       hold five medical practices.
Employment also fell in 2001 in retail trade,
Carroll’s second largest sector. Retail                Greenway Medical purchased the Garner
suffered a net job loss of 172 jobs, a 2.7%            Funeral Home building during Summer 2001
decline. Retail closings in Carrollton in 2001         and has converted it for its own use.
included Helig-Meyers and Martin’s Family              Greenway, a software supplier to physicians,
Clothing in the First Tuesday Mall and the             employs about 100 people. The company
Foodmax grocery store on South Park.                   was able to raise $15 million in private
Significant retail expansions in nearby                placement funds in January 2002. Since its
Douglasville may be negatively impacting               inception in 1998, the Carrollton-based
Carroll County’s retail sector.                        company has raised in excess of $33 million
                                                       in capital.
In the “it could have been worse” category,
the Carrollton Kmart store survived company-           Wholesale trade has been one of the fastest
wide closings in early 2002 related to its             growing sectors in Carroll in recent years.
bankruptcy-related restructuring. On the plus          However, wholesale also cooled off in 2001
side, Hibbert Sports opened its 7,000 sq. ft.          with a net loss of 239 jobs despite the
store in McIntosh Plaza last fall. Looking             opening of two distribution facilities in Villa
ahead, Wal-Mart has announced that it would            Rica--King Provisions and Sugar Foods.
like to build a “Super Wal-Mart,” in Carrollton
and close its existing store. The location and         The opening of the Wal-Mart.com distribution
time table for this retail expansion have not          center on US 27 in Carrollton should mean
yet been finalized.                                    that the job losses in wholesale trade are
                                                       temporary. At the time of its grand opening
Services is the third largest source of                in April, Wal-Mart.com employed

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approximately 75 workers. Since then, full-              Liberty Road bridge over Highway 78 and
time employment has increased to 160 with                the opening of a second 18-hole
seasonal hiring expected to increase the                 championship golf course contributed to an
workforce to as much as 500 by year’s end.               increase in construction activity in this
However, the economic impact of this                     planned community this year.
operation is well below initial expectations.
Originally, it was thought that this distribution        A number of other large subdivisions,
center would become one of Carrollton’s                  including Spring Well and CreekView, are
largest employers with 600 full-time workers.            also under development on tracts between
                                                         Liberty Road and Pool Road in the Douglas
Fortunately, four other sectors sustained                County part of Villa Rica. Approximately
employment gains in Carroll in 2001. Adding              700-800 homes are planned for these
to county payrolls were construction;                    subdivisions. Homes in the CreekView
transportation, communications and public                development start in the $120s.
utilities (TCU); finance, insurance and real
estate (FIRE); and government                            Carroll County’s first “conservation
                                                         subdivision,” Moss Ferry, is currently under
Driven by the recent boom in new housing,                development near Villa Rica. As planned,
construction employment rose in Carroll by               the community will contain 200 plus homes
6.7% in 2001, a net addition of 135 jobs.                with 10 acres of woods, gardens, and trails.
This sector has also benefitted from a surge
in remodeling spending often funded by low               Residential construction also remains strong
interest home equity loans.                              in the City of Carrollton. The past year has
                                                         seen significant activity at the Oak Mountain
Home buyers are continuing to show interest              Golf Club, a 400-acre golf and residential
in subdivisions with easy access to I-20 in              community with 225 lots and house prices
northern Carroll. This includes subdivisions             starting at $250,000. Nearby, the Mill Pond
in Temple, Villa Rica, and unincorporated                swimming and tennis community off Newnan
portions of the county. Housing prices in                Road has seen a number of new houses
these areas often begin in the $90s with                 constructed during 2002 as well. Prices in
considerable enticements offered to buyers.              this development range from $130,000 to
Other subdivisions, such as Amidon Estates               $250,000.
in Villa Rica, offer more amenities with
homes priced up to $200,000.                             Construction also continues on a new
                                                         townhouse development and a professional
Currently, the county’s largest residential              office park, both located on Hays Mill Road
development is Mirror Lake. Although Mirror              in Carrollton. Finally, about two dozen
Lake is located mainly in Douglas County,                residential building permits have been
the City of Villa Rica annexed the land                  issued this year in two other Carrollton
containing this development and issues                   subdivisions, Mountain Creek and Sheffield.
building permits for new homes that begin at
$130,000 and range in price up to $1 million.            Two small sectors, TCU and FIRE, saw
Mirror Lake is projected to contain 2,000                modest gains in employment in 2001, up
homes and about 450 apartment units when                 6.1% and .4% respectively. FIRE includes
fully developed. The completion of the                   commercial banking. The last two years

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have seen significant changes in the banking         Population-driven enrollment growth has
sector in Carroll County. In late 2001,              required that the public school systems add
Colonial Bank opened a branch in Adamson             teachers and other support personnel.
Square in downtown Carrollton. Also in late          Carroll County’s school enrollment in 2002-
2001, BB&T completed its acquisition of              03 topped 13,000, up 5% over 2001-02.
Carrollton-based Community First Bank                Approximately 60 teaching positions were
while Peoples Bank of West Georgia                   added in the county schools.
completed a merger agreement with United
Community Banks. More recently, GB&T                 The increased demand for a more skilled
Bancshares of Gainesville agreed to acquire          labor force and the relatively high
Hometown Bank of Villa Rica.                         unemployment rates in the area have also
                                                     positively impacted enrollments at West
In general, the banking sector in Carroll has        Central Technical College and at UWG.
continued to do quite well despite weakness          UWG’s Fall 2002 enrollment hit an all time
in the local economy. Favorable interest rate        record with 9,605 students, a 6.4% increase
spreads, strong demand for mortgage loans,           over Fall 2001. Although enrollment trends
and vigorous refinancing activity have               at both institutions are quite positive, the
contributed to positive earnings in banking          fiscal situation at the state level is likely to
locally. For example, WGNB Corporation,              restrain state employment locally.
the holding company for West Georgia
National Bank, announced that net income             According to the Department of Revenue, tax
increased by 4.9% in the second quarter of           collections fell by 6.8% in the first quarter of
2002 versus the second quarter of 2001. In           the state’s new fiscal year, which began in
addition, WGNB successfully completed a              July. This comes on the heels of a similar
public offering of 200,000 shares of stock at        loss for the same period last year. State
$24 per share in April.                              government employment in Carroll County
                                                     will also be negatively impacted by West
Local government, including schools and              Central Technical College’s shifting of
city/county employment, increased by 1.0%            administrative functions and a number of its
in 2001. State employment grew much                  educational programs to its new Waco
faster in 2001, up 9.3%. The small federal           Campus in Haralson County.
government sector saw employment fall by
22 jobs in 2001 after rising by 23 jobs in           A number of significant new construction and
2000, likely the effect of temporary hiring for      renovation projects are in progress in Carroll
the 2000 Census.                                     County. Road construction continues on the
                                                     extension of the Carrollton by-pass, which is
State and local government employment in             scheduled for completion in 2003.
Carroll County is dominated by four
employers: Carroll County Schools, the State         Both the Carroll County and the City of
University of West Georgia (UWG),                    Carrollton school systems have construction
Carrollton City Schools and West Central             projects currently underway with others in the
Technical College. Combined, these four              works. A new county middle school opened
entities account for over two-thirds of state        in Temple this spring. The Carroll County
and local employment in the county.                  School System expects to open four
                                                     additional schools by 2004. Carrollton City

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Schools will begin construction on a new            County Commission approved the creation
elementary school in 2003.                          of an enterprise zone for the west Carrollton
                                                    area. Businesses locating in this area will
The largest project planned at the State            receive tax benefits. As mentioned, this
University of West Georgia in 2003 is the $5        zone has already attracted a major employer,
million reconstruction of Adamson Hall with         Decoma International Incorporated.
groundbreaking scheduled for late October
this year. UWG also received $3.5 million           Progress continues on another infrastructure
from the Georgia Legislature in 2002 to fund        investment aimed at economic development,
the replacement of its electrical system.           the county’s fiber optic network. Such a
Pending final approval by the Board of              network is fast becoming a requirement for
Regents, construction will also begin in            attracting new industry. Completion of the
November on a privatized 612 student                network will also improve the chances that
housing complex. A number of smaller                existing businesses will expand operations in
projects are currently underway on the West         Carroll County.
Georgia campus, including Gill Fountain
located in front of the University Center.          Aesthetic and structural improvements are
                                                    being made in downtown Carrollton aided by
Economic development continues to be a              a $1 million Streetscape Grant obtained from
priority in Carroll County. To aid in this          the Georgia DOT by the Carrollton Main
endeavor, the county has established a new          Street Program.        In another positive
100-acre industrial park in Temple near I-20.       development for downtown Carrollton, the
As mentioned above, the park has already            new cultural arts center held its grand
attracted one tenant, Janus International.          opening this August.
The City of Temple was also awarded a
$360,000 grant in February to help with the         Other recently completed infrastructure
completion of the industrial park.                  improvements in Carroll County include a $1
                                                    million runway expansion at the West
The Carroll County Development Agency is            Georgia Regional Airport. About $1 million
also working to expand the Villa Rica               was also spent on improvements at John
Industrial Park with additional land                Tanner State Park near Mt. Zion.
purchases. County development officials are
of the opinion that the availability of high        Finally, uncertainty over the availability of
quality industrial sites is one of the most         water resources has been an impediment to
important factors in attracting industry to         economic development in the county for a
Carroll County.                                     number of years. The proposed West
                                                    Georgia Regional Reservoir in Haralson
The county is also developing a                     County and Lake Seaton, Carroll County’s
comprehensive growth plan to help guide             new reservoir on Snake Creek can only help
growth in the future. The Kansas City based         future development by removing that
planning/legal firm of Freilich, Leitner and        uncertainty. Lake Seaton is expected to be
Carlisle has been contracted to help develop        filled by December 2002. The addition of
this plan, expected to be finished in 2004.         this reservoir will allow the county to satisfy
                                                    water needs for 205,000 residents.
At its September 2002 meeting, the Carroll

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                                                             Coweta County


Profile and Trends                                                                                          POPULATION CHANGE
                                                                                                            Coweta County, 1990-2000
Coweta County ranks 46th among Georgia’s                                          Corinth (pt.)         8
159 counties in land area with 443 square                                     East Newnan CDP               132
                                                                                     Grantville             115
miles with its municipalities accounting for                                     Haralson (pt.)         8
23.1% of the population in 2000, down from                                           Moreland               84
                                                                                       Newnan                      3,551
29.5% in 1990. From 1990-2000, Coweta                                            Palmetto (pt.)        17
                                                                                       Senoia
was the fifth fastest growing county in the                                       Sharpsburg
                                                                                                             767
                                                                                                            114
state as it grew at an average annual rate of                                            Turin     (14)
                                                                               Unincorporated                                                30,712
5.2%. The bulk of this growth came from
                                                                                              -5,000             5,000     15,000   25,000    35,000
newcomers as 81.9% of the population
increase resulted from net migration into the
county in the1990s.
                                                                            Per capita income in 2000 was $26,410,
Based on the 1990 Census, 53,853 people                                     which was 95% of the average for Georgia
lived in Coweta County. The 2000 Census                                     and 90% of the national average. From
found that population in the county had                                     1990-2000, Coweta’s per capita personal
increased by 65.7% since 1990 to 89,215                                     income grew at an average annual rate of
with unincorporated Coweta accounting for                                   4.6%, which was approximately the same as
the bulk of the growth for the decade.                                      the state rate and above the national rate of
                                                                            4.4%. Coweta rose in the rankings among
                                                                            Georgia counties in per capita personal
                               POPULATION GROWTH                            income from 17th in 1990 to 15th in 2000.
                                   Coweta County
 Annual Percent Change




                         6.0
                                                           5.2              Coweta’s total personal income of $2.31
                                                                            billion in 2000 ranked 16 t h in the state and
                         4.0
                                           3.3                              represented 1.0% of Georgia’s total
                                                                 2.4        personal income. Earnings from wage and
                               2.0 2.0           2.0
                         2.0                                                salary income, other labor income, and
                                                                            proprietors income accounted for 75.4% of
                         0.0                                                personal income, up from 72.8% in 1990.
                                1970s       1980s           1990s
                                                                            On the other hand, the share of personal
                                  Coweta               Georgia              income from dividends, interest, and rent fell
                                                                            from 15.4% in 1990 to 14.3% in 2000 as did
Median household income for Coweta in                                       the share of personal income from transfer
1999 was $52,706 which ranked 10th among                                    payments, which fell from 11.8% to 10.2%
Georgia counties, rising from 18th in 1989.                                 over the same 10 year period.
Coweta had the 12th lowest poverty level in
the state in 1999 with 7.8% of the population                               According to the Bureau of Economic
living below the poverty level down sharply                                 Analysis, total employment in Coweta in
from 12.8% in 1989.                                                         2000 was 37,220 consisting of wage and


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salary employment of 29,807 and 7,413
                                                                                    EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
proprietors including 357 farm proprietors.
Farming contributed 1.2% of total                                                        Coweta County




                                                      Annual Percent Change
                                                                              5.0                                  4.7
employment but only .3% of earnings in the
                                                                              4.0
county in 2000.                                                                                    3.4
                                                                                                         3.0
                                                                              3.0                                        2.8
                                                                                          2.5
Based on the most recent Census of                                            2.0   1.8
Agriculture, Coweta ranked 47th in the state
                                                                              1.0
in number of farms in 1997 with 316 farms
                                                                              0.0
occupying 15.0% of the land area. Farmers                                            1970s          1980s           1990s
in Coweta produced commodities worth                                                      Coweta               Georgia
$10.5 million in 2001, with $4.1 million in
livestock production, $2.0 million in forestry
products, and $2.5 million in ornamental              (7.1%), construction (6.4%), and finance,
horticulture.                                         insurance, and real estate (6.4%) leading the
                                                      way with above average growth rates.
The service sector accounted for 25.7% of
total employment and 22.8% of earnings in             It is worth noting that the discussion of
the county in 2000 with the heaviest                  employment and earnings in this section and
concentrations in health services and                 the discussion of covered employment that
business services. Retail trade generated             follows in the next section use definitions of
the second largest number of jobs with                employment and earnings based on the SIC
22.6% of total employment but only 16.5% or           (Standard Industrial Classification) System.
earnings in 2000.                                     The SIC System is being phased out and
                                                      replaced by the North American Industrial
Manufacturing’s share of employment in                Classification System (NAICS).
Coweta fell from 25.0% in 1990 to 17.1% in
2000 but remained significantly larger than           Notable changes under NAICS include the
the 12.7% share at the state level. Likewise,         creation of several new sectors containing
manufacturing’s 22.2% share of earnings               new industries and others moved from
was much larger in Coweta compared to the             existing SIC sectors. For example, under
state as a whole where it was 14.4%.                  NAICS, information includes publishing,
Durable goods manufacturing in the county is          which was previously in manufacturing;
concentrated in primary metals, fabricated            communications, which was previously in
metals, and transportation equipment.                 transportation, communications, and utilities;
Durable goods contributed 15.6% of                    and data processing, which was previously in
earnings in 2000, down from 18.7% in 1990.            services; and on-line information services,
The share of earnings from non-durable                which is new.        Another new sector,
goods manufacturing, primarily textiles and           accommodations and food services,
apparel, fell sharply in the county from 13.7%        contains hotels and motels, which were
in 1990 to 6.5% in 2000.                              previously in services and restaurants, which
                                                      were in retail trade under the SIC System.
Employment grew at an average annual rate             Real estate has been separated from
of 4.7% during the 1990s in Coweta with               finance and insurance under NAICS.
wholesale trade (7.5%), local government

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For a detailed view of employment by
industry in Coweta County under the new
                                                                                          UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
North American Industrial Classification                                                     Coweta County
                                                                                  6




                                                              % Unemployed, NSA
System see the table at the end of this
                                                                                  5
booklet that contains data from County
                                                                                  4
Business Patterns. For more information on
                                                                                  3
the switch to NAICS including a schedule for
                                                                                  2
when other agencies will convert, follow the
                                                                                  1
NAICS link at the Census Bureau’s home
                                                                                  0
page at http://www.census.gov/.                                                       2000          2001          2002

                                                                                                Coweta      Georgia


                                                     As they did in the state as a whole, initial
Recent Conditions and Outlook                        claims for unemployment benefits rose
                                                     sharply in Coweta during most of 2001. The
                                                     good news is that unemployment claims
During the 1990s, Coweta was 34th fastest            have trended downward in the county thus far
growing county in the nation when it grew at         in 2002. In August, initial unemployment
an average annual rate of 5.2%. The strong           claims were 293, almost 33% lower than the
growth continued in 2001 as Coweta’s                 same month in 2001.
population increased 4.9% making Coweta
the 11th fastest growing county in the state.        Despite labor market weakness in Coweta
Coweta currently ranks 19th among Georgia            County, the market for new housing has
counties with a 2001 population of 90,118.           remained quite robust. At the national level,
                                                     2001 was a year of recession with negative
Coweta’s August 2002 unemployment rate of            economic growth in the first three quarters.
3.9% was well below the state rate of 4.7%           Moreover, it appears that Georgia and
but was up significantly from August 2001            Atlanta were hit harder than the U.S. by the
when only 3.3% of Coweta’s labor force was           economic downturn. Yet, according to
unemployed.     Weakness in the Atlanta              housing permit data, 2001 was a record year
economy and local layoffs have clearly had a         for residential construction in Coweta with a
negative impact on labor market conditions           total of 2,164 permits issued with about
in Coweta County.
                                                                                       UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
The year-over-year rise in Coweta’s
                                                                                           Coweta County
unemployment rate is actually quite modest                                        1,000
considering that two major manufacturers,
                                                                                   800
Dan River Incorporated and Graphic
                                                     Initial Claims




Packaging Corporation, laid off a total of                                         600

almost 500 workers when they recently shut                                         400
down local operations. Unemployment has
                                                                                   200
also increased in the City of Newnan in 2002.
                                                                                        0
The city’s unemployment rate in August was                                               2000        2001        2002
4.9%, well above the year ago rate of 4.2%.


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                 HOUSING PERMITS                                                  HOUSING PERMITS
                   Coweta County                                                    Coweta County
   2,500                                                                1,200

   2,000                                                                1,000

                                                                         800
   1,500
                                                                         600
   1,000
                                                                         400
    500
                                                                         200

      0                                                                    0
            91   92   93   94 95   96 97   98   99   00   01                          ' 01 to Date    ' 02 to Date
           Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units                   Single Family Units   Multi-Family Units


three-fourths issued for single family housing.                      Coweta in 2001, slightly below the 3.7% job
                                                                     growth rate for 2000. By comparison,
Estimates through August show permits for a                          covered employment rose only .5% in the
total of 1,134 new housing units in the county,                      Atlanta MSA in 2001.
a 15% decrease versus the first eight months
of 2001. Most of this decline can be                                 Coweta’s largest sector, retail trade,
attributed to inactivity in the market for                           expanded by 6.7% in 2001. This sharp
apartments thus far in 2002. Through                                 increase in employment was a direct result of
August, no permits were issued for multi-                            a large number of new retail openings in the
family units in Coweta, compared to permits                          county during the year.
for 175 units for the same period of 2001.
                                                                     Based on additional openings this year, the
Both the City of Newnan and unincorporated                           retail picture in Coweta remains quite
Coweta have seen residential construction                            positive for 2002 as well. New retail
activity drop off a bit in 2002. In Newnan,                          openings in the county this year include the
433 single-family permits were issued                                Publix Shopping Center at Thomas
through August, down from the 517 permits                            Crossroads and Belk at Newnan
issued through August of 2001.                                       Crosswords East.         In addition, the
                                                                     commercial vacancy rate in downtown
Single-family housing activity is up thus far in                     Newnan is near zero. However, concerns
unincorporated Coweta in 2002 with 563                               have been raised about the number of vacant
permits issued compared to 530 through                               businesses along Bullsboro Drive.
August of 2001. However, total housing units
are down since no multi-family units have                            A lack of interest among major department
been permitted thus far in 2002 compared to                          stores has led developer CBL & Associates
110 in the first eight months of 2001. The                           to pare down its plans for the proposed
2002 AJC Home Sales Report, released in                              Newnan Crossing mall. The developer now
June, estimated that the median price of a                           hopes to attract three anchors to the mall.
new home sold in Newnan was $132,700.                                Based on recent reports, the opening date
                                                                     for this mall has been pushed back to 2005.
Measured by employment, it appears that
Coweta County has fared much better than                             The services sector has now replaced
the U.S. and Georgia during the recession.                           manufacturing as Coweta’s second largest
Covered employment expanded by 3.6% in                               source of jobs. Like retail, the number of

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services jobs also expanded sharply in 2001,              it shut down production in February.
up 11.3%. About one-half of the job growth in
services can be attributed to health care.                Recent expansions will help offset some of
Summit Healthplex opened a $13.8 million                  the job losses in manufacturing. Yamaha
medical facility on GA 34 east of Newnan in               Motor Corporation opened its new plant in
late 2000, adding to health services                      July 2002. This $36 million golf cart
employment.        This facility provides                 production facility is projected to add 250 to
orthopedic, rehabilitation, urgent care, and              300 workers to the company’s workforce
other medical services.                                   over the next couple of years, representing a
                                                          30% increase in company employment. In
Based on announced plans, health services                 the Shenandoah Industrial Park, U.S. Can
employment should continue to expand in the               Company also expanded its plastics facility
county. Newnan Hospital plans to build a                  this year resulting in the net addition of 25
new $48 million, 75 bed new facility near its             jobs. Total employment at this plant is
existing downtown location with construction              approximately 150.
beginning on the expansion in the near future.
Emory/Peachtree Medical Center would like                 Wholesale trade employment in Coweta
to build a new $55 million facility on Bullsboro          expanded by 276 jobs in 2001, an
Drive but has had to resubmit its bid for                 impressive 32.2% gain. Employers in this
approval.                                                 sector are clearly attracted to Newnan
                                                          because of its favorable location along I-85
Another significant source of new services                and growing retail sectors in Newnan and
employment in the county in 2001 was                      surrounding areas.
business services, which added 79 jobs
despite losses at employment agencies due                 In June 2000, Homeplace opened in the
to lower demand for temporary workers.                    Creekside Industrial Park adding about 120
Employment in repair services also rose by                jobs. Petsmart, the pet supplier retail chain,
82 while social services added another 71                 opened its distribution center in Coweta in
jobs to county payrolls.                                  early 2001 employing about 100 workers.
                                                          Looking ahead, a serious concern for this
Continuing a three year trend, employment in              sector is the uncertain future of one of the
manufacturing declined again in Coweta                    county’s largest employers, the Kmart
County in 2001, falling by 6.5%. This follows             Distribution Center in Newnan. With about
a 10.6% drop in this sector in 2000. Newnan               650 employees, this center may be impacted
in particular has been hit hard by a number of            by bankruptcy-induced restructuring now
layoffs and closures in manufacturing.                    taking place within the national retail chain.

In 2000, Playtex Apparel closed its Newnan                Fire, insurance, and real estate (FIRE) lost
plant, resulting in a loss of 380 jobs. Layoffs           251 jobs in 2001 while transportation,
at Andrew Corporation totaled 143 in 2001.                communications and public utilities (TCU)
By the end of 2002, losses from the closing               added 98 jobs, a 9.8% increase. The
of two plants, Dan River Incorporated and                 shutdown of Consolidated Freightways’
Graphic Packaging Corporation, will total                 trucking facility on West Industrial Boulevard
almost 500 jobs for the year. Dan River                   in September will negatively impact
operated the last textile mill in the county until        employment in TCU in 2002.

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Local government employment was flat in                expected to contain about 2,000 units.
2001 in Coweta after growing by 8.5% in                Approximately 225 units were sold in this
2000. Dominated by the Coweta County                   planned community in 2001. The golf course
Schools, local government employment is the            at Summer Grove has been rated by Golf
fourth largest employment sector in the                Digest as one of the top ten new affordable
county trailing only retail trade, services and        courses in the U.S.
manufacturing.
                                                       Pathway is also developing Avery Park, a
The county’s rapid population growth is                “historically-themed” 500-unit project located
bringing an influx of new students,                    just north of Newnan. The first model home
approximately 800 per year, to be served by            opened in Avery Park during the summer of
the public schools. Approximately 75 new               2000. A number of new houses priced in
positions were added to the Coweta County              $150,000 to $300,000 range are under
Schools for the 2002-03 school year. New               construction or have just been completed in
school construction and renovation activity            this community.
will continue at a rapid pace in the county as
voters passed a $97 million SPLOST                     Arbor Springs Plantation is another
extension in March 2002 after rejecting an             significant Coweta County subdivision with
extension last year.                                   home prices beginning in the low $300s.
                                                       Plans call for 600 homes in this 1,500 acre
Federal government employment fell by 86               golf course community when it is complete.
workers in 2001 after rising by 87 in 2000.
These changes are likely related to the                The 200-acre Calumet project is taking
addition of temporary workers for the 2000             shape along the GA 34 Bypass in Newnan.
Census. The new $3 million Sharpsburg                  This mixed-use community is expected to
post office, which opened in May, will add to          contain 800 housing units (mainly
federal government employment in the county            apartments), office space, and
in 2002. State government added 105 jobs               commercial/retail space.       In April, the
to county payrolls in 2001, a 38% increase.            Development Authority of Coweta County
                                                       approved $7.2 million in bonds to fund the
After growing 3.8% in 2000, construction               conversion of the old Wahoo Mills in Sargent
employment in Coweta fell 1.6% in 2001. If             into 100 moderately priced loft apartments.
construction activity in the Atlanta MSA as a
whole is any indicator, 2002 could see an              A number of residential/commercial
even steeper drop in construction                      developments are underway or are being
employment in Coweta this year. From July              planned for undeveloped land in east
2001-July 2002 construction employment in              Newnan, west of I-85. The most significant of
the Atlanta MSA declined 11.3%.                        these is the Newnan Mall. Emory Peachtree
                                                       Hospital would also like to locate its
The most significant residential project               replacement facility is this area.
currently underway in the county is the                Approximately 550 acres behind the Newnan
Summer Grove golf course community off                 Crossings East Shopping Center have been
Lower Fayetteville Road. Summer Grove is               zoned to accommodate single-family homes,
being developed by Pathway Communities.                apartments, and commercial development.
Upon completion, this development is                   The Newnan City Council approved about

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1,000 apartments for this development.                 money for a new hotel/conference center.
                                                       The Coweta County Commission has
Other housing developments include Brown               approved a design for the justice facility,
Ridge and Newnan Lakes. The completion of              which will be located in Newnan. Completion
the Georgia Highway 34 bypass extension                date is projected for 2005. Land has also
connecting Bullsboro Road and Lower                    been purchased for the new library to be
Fayetteville Road is key to development in             located on Lower Fayetteville Road.
this area. Other commercial developments,
including BJ’s Wholesale Club and a new                The hotel/conference center is to be built in
BB&T bank building, are expected to follow             conjunction with a Coweta County School
with the completion of the bypass extension.           District’s Performing Arts Center at a site off
                                                       Lower Fayetteville Road.                  The
Construction could begin late this year or             hotel/conference center will be constructed
early in 2003 on a Fayette-to-Coweta                   primarily using private funds. The Performing
connecting road. This 2.4 mile thoroughfare            Arts Center, estimated to cost $8 million, is
will provide Coweta residents with easier              being built with public funds. The projected
access to jobs in the Peachtree City                   completion date of this center is late 2003.
Industrial Park. Once started, construction
should take about 18 months to complete.               City and business leaders are pleased that
                                                       Newnan Streetscapes, a downtown
A number of other public sector projects are           improvement project, has been completed.
also likely to impact economic development             More than $3 million was spent on this
in Coweta. Voters approved a $98 million               project. Finally, Farmers and Merchants
special purpose local options sales tax                Bank has leased and is renovating a building
(SPLOST) extension in September 2001.                  on East Broad for a downtown office.
Proceeds from the SPLOST will be used to               Downtown Newnan has little remaining
build a new justice center, library facilities,        vacant commercial space.
recreation facilities, and to provide seed




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                                                             Douglas County


                              Profile and Trends                                                        POPULATION CHANGE
                                                                                                        Douglas County, 1990-2000
Douglas County ranks 139th among
                                                                              Austell (pt.)         (24)
Georgia’s 159 counties in land area with 199
square miles with its municipalities                                         Douglasville                                             7,361


accounting for 24.4% of the population in                                  Lithia Springs       (518)

2000, up from 16.7% in 1990. From 1990-
                                                                            Villa Rica (pt.)                   184
2000, Douglas grew at an average annual
rate of 2.6%, slightly slower than the 1980s                              Unincorporated                                                                    14,051

but much slower than the 1970s when                                                            -2,000      0     2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000

Douglas was one of the fastest growing
counties in the state. Net migration into the
county accounted for 65.4% of the population                              which was 91% of the average for Georgia
growth in the 1990s.                                                      and 86% of the national average. From
                                                                          1990-2000, per capita personal income in
                               POPULATION GROWTH                          Douglas grew at an average annual rate of
                                                                          4.6%, which was the same as the state rate
                                   Douglas County
                                                                          and above the national rate of 4.4%.
Annual Percent Change




                        8.0
                              6.7
                                                                          Despite growing at approximately the same
                        6.0
                                                                          rate as the state as a whole, Douglas grew
                        4.0
                                                                          faster than most counties in Georgia from
                                          2.8              2.6 2.4        1990-2000 and rose in the rankings among
                                    2.0          2.0
                        2.0                                               Georgia counties in per capita income from
                                                                          26th in 1990 to 21st in 2000.
                        0.0
                               1970s          1980s         1990s
                                    Douglas            Georgia            Douglas County’s total personal income of
                                                                          $2.34 billion in 2000 ranked 19th in the state
For the decade, Douglas County’s                                          and accounted for 1.0% of the state total.
population increased by 29.6% to a total of                               Earnings from wage and salary income,
92,124 residents by 2000. Douglas’ growth                                 other labor income, and proprietors income
rate was slightly higher than the state rate of                           accounted for 78.7 % of personal income,
26.4% for the same period.                                                down from 79.5% in 1990. The share of
                                                                          personal income from dividends, interest,
Median household income in Douglas was                                    and rent fell slightly from 11.6% in 1990 to
$50,108 ranking 12th among Georgia                                        11.5% in 2000 while the share of personal
counties in 1999, down slightly from 8th in                               income from transfer payments rose from
1989. Douglas County’s poverty rate rose                                  8.8% in 1990 to 9.9% in 2000.
from 6.7% in 1989 to 7.9% in 1999, yet
remained the 11th lowest in the state.                                    According to the Bureau of Economic
                                                                          Analysis, total employment in Douglas in
Per capita income in 2000 was $25,234,                                    2000 was 41,333 consisting of wage and


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salary employment of 33,381 and 7,952                   1970s. Manufacturing led with a 6.5% annual
proprietors including 139 farm proprietors.             growth rate in the 1990s, followed by
Relative to the other counties in the West              services (6.1%) and wholesale trade (5.4%).
Georgia Region, farming is less significant in          The growth rate of employment in retail trade
Douglas contributing only .4% of total                  (5.4%) in the county in the 1990s has been
employment in 2000. Farmers as a whole in               more than double the population growth rate
Douglas last enjoyed positive earnings in               (2.6%) reflecting Douglas County’s rise as a
1994, losing $52,000 in 2000. Ornamental                regional retail center.
horticulture accounted for $4.7 million of
Douglas’ $7.6 million farm gate in 2001.                                             EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
                                                                                         Douglas County
                                                                                     9.5
Douglas is also quite different from Carroll




                                                      Annual Percent Change
                                                                              10.0

and Coweta in that the share of total                                          8.0               7.7

employment in manufacturing in the county                                      6.0
                                                                                                                  4.8
(6.9%) was considerably smaller than the
                                                                               4.0
state share (12.7%) in 2000. However,                                                      2.5
                                                                                                        3.0             2.8
unlike Carroll, Coweta, and the state;                                         2.0

manufacturing employment has been rising                                       0.0
in Douglas in recent years. In 2000, durable                                          1970s          1980s         1990s

goods accounted for 64.1% of manufacturing                                                 Douglas            Georgia
earnings in the county.
                                                        It is worth noting that the discussion of
Durable goods manufacturing in Douglas is               employment and earnings in this section and
concentrated in fabricated metals and                   the discussion of covered employment that
industrial machinery and equipment. Both of             follows in the next section use definitions of
these industries saw strong earnings growth             employment and earnings based on the SIC
during the 1990s with average annual growth             (Standard Industrial Classification) System.
rates of 13.8% and 18.1% respectively.                  The SIC System is being phased out and
                                                        replaced by the North American Industrial
Services was the largest sector in Douglas              Classification System (NAICS).
with 30.5% of total employment and 26.7% of
earnings in 2000 followed by retail trade with          Notable changes under NAICS include the
24.7% of total employment and 17.8% of                  creation of several new sectors containing
earnings. The service sector in Douglas is              new industries and others moved from
concentrated in health services, which had              existing SIC sectors. For example, under
34.5% of services earnings in 2000.                     NAICS, information includes publishing,
Business services is one of Douglas                     which was previously in manufacturing;
County’s fastest growing sectors with                   communications, which was previously in
earnings increasing at an average annual                transportation, communications, and utilities;
growth rate of 15.8% during the 1990s.                  and data processing, which was previously in
                                                        services; and on-line information services,
For the decade, total employment in Douglas             which is new.        Another new sector,
grew at an average annual rate of 4.8%,                 accommodations and food services,
down sharply from the 7.7% annual rate of               contains hotels and motels, which were
the 1980s and the 9.5% annual rate of the               previously in services and restaurants which

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were in retail trade under the SIC System.
Real estate has been separated from
                                                                         HOUSING PERMITS
finance and insurance under NAICS.                                         Douglas County
                                                           1,600
                                                           1,400

For a detailed view of employment by                       1,200
                                                           1,000
industry in Douglas County under the new                    800

North American Industrial Classification                    600
                                                            400
System see the table at the end of this                     200
booklet that contains data from County                        0
                                                                    91   92   93   94 95   96 97   98   99   00   01
Business Patterns. For more information on                         Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units
the switch to NAICS including a schedule for
when other agencies will convert, follow the            Apartment construction is responsible for
NAICS link at the Census Bureau’s home                  most of this unprecedented increase as
page at http://www.census.gov/.                         permits for 1,394 multi-family units have
                                                        been issued in the first eight months of 2002,
                                                        compared to 241 for the entire year in 2001.
                                                        Several large apartment complexes of 300
                                                        units or more are currently being built in the
                                                        Lithia Springs area on Lee Road near I-20
                                                        and on Blair’s Bridge Road off Thornton
Recent Conditions and Outlook                           Road south of I-20.

Relative to its growth rate in the 1990s,               Single-family permits, which were up 23.8%
Douglas County’s population growth                      in 2001 over 2000, are likewise ahead of last
accelerated in 2001 as the county grew                  year’s pace. Thus far in 2002, 1,108 single-
3.6%, making it the 21st fastest growing                family permits have been issued in Douglas,
county in the state. Douglas’ 2001 population           compared to 772 for the same period last
of 92,634 currently ranks 16th among                    year. Approximately two-thirds of the single-
Georgia counties.                                       family permits in 2002 have been issued for
                                                        sites in unincorporated Douglas.
Consistent with faster population growth, new
housing activity in the county increased in             Douglas County’s 4.4% unemployment rate
2001 compared to 2000 as both single-                   in August was well above the rate of 2.7% in
family permits and multi-family permits rose            August 2001. For the City of Douglasville,
sharply. If residential construction activity is
any indication, population growth in Douglas                          HOUSING PERMITS
will accelerate again in 2002. Through                                  Douglas County
August, permits for a total of 2,502 new                   1,400
                                                           1,200
housing units were issued by Douglas                       1,000
County and the City of Douglasville, more                   800

than any county in the West Georgia Region.                 600
                                                            400
This represents a remarkable increase over                  200
the first eight months of 2001 when permits
                                                                          ' 01 to Date             ' 02 to Date
were issued for a total of 772 units.
                                                                    Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units




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                            UNEMPLOYMENT RATE                                     UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
                               Douglas County                                         Douglas County
                     6                                                           600
 % Unemployed, NSA




                     5                                                           500




                                                                Initial Claims
                     4                                                           400

                     3                                                           300
                     2                                                           200
                     1                                                           100
                     0                                                             0
                         2000        2001         2002                              2000   2001   2002

                                Douglas     Georgia


the August unemployment rate was 5.5%,                        increase than the previous year’s and more
also above the year ago rate of 3.4%.                         than Georgia’s 2.7% increase in average
                                                              weekly wages in 2001.
The unemployment rate in Douglas has risen
steadily during the last year as Georgia and                  Employment growth in Douglas continues to
Atlanta went into recession. After remaining                  be led by retail trade, which provided 593
well below the state unemployment rate in                     new jobs in 2001, a 6.4% increase. This
recent years, Douglas County’s                                was the largest addition of retail jobs in the
unemployment rate rose this summer to just                    West Georgia Region but was down from the
below the state rate.        In fact, June’s                  855 jobs added in 2000 when retail grew
unemployment rate of 4.8% in Douglas was                      10.3%. Retail increased its lead as Douglas
the highest since June 1993.                                  County’s largest sector in 2001 and now
                                                              accounts for more than 30% of covered
Initial claims for unemployment insurance                     employment in the county.
appear to have stopped their upward trend in
Atlanta and Douglas in recent months                          A number of retail establishments opened
indicating that labor market conditions may                   near Arbor Place Mall this year including a
soon improve in both areas. Nevertheless,                     Bank of America branch office, the Atlanta
unemployment rates could remain high in the                   Bread Company, and Joe’s Crab Shack.
county for the remainder of this year as rates                Rich’s has announced plans to begin
often rise even as economic conditions                        construction on a 140,000 square foot store
improve when discouraged workers re-enter                     at the mall. Construction will begin in late
the labor force.                                              2003 with the grand opening scheduled for
                                                              the end of 2004.
Douglas added 630 jobs in 2001 for a 2.1%
increase in covered employment, down from                     Services, the county’s second largest
the 4.1% increase in 2000. However,                           employment sector, shrunk by 3.1% in 2001.
Douglas fared much better than the state as                   Business services, which had seen the
a whole where covered employment grew                         largest increase in 2000, lost 456 jobs in
only 0.4% in 2001. Average weekly wages                       2001 with more than 300 jobs lost in the
in Douglas grew from $496 to $513 for the                     fourth quarter alone. Most of these job
year, a 3.4% gain. This was a slightly larger                 losses were in employment agencies as the

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demand for temporary workers fell sharply as                hit in 2002. Robert Bosch Corporation
the Atlanta economy slowed suddenly after                   closed its Lithia Springs auto parts plant in
September 11th.                                             June 2002, resulting in the elimination of 136
                                                            jobs.
Health services saw gains of 75 jobs in
2001, a growth rate of 3.1%. Inner Harbour,                 Construction employment expanded 4.1% in
a residential treatment facility for children               the county in 2001 with a gain of 96 jobs.
and adolescents, began construction for new                 This coincides with continued growth in
$1.5 million educational and housing                        residential construction and new commercial
facilities this year. This is part of the facility’s        development.
$12 million master plan expansion. In 2002,
employment in health services in Douglas will               Upscale residential development continues
likely decrease with the closing of Emory                   in Douglas County in neighborhoods like
Parkway Medical Center in Lithia Springs.                   Chapel Hills and Mirror Lake. A new
More than 416 employees, including 260                      subdivision in Chapel Hills, the Links, will
medical staff members, lost their jobs as a                 contain 34 new homes priced from $300,000
result of the hospital shutdown.                            to $500,000. Mirror Lake, located north of I-
                                                            20 in Villa Rica, sold about $30 million in
Miscellaneous repair services grew by                       new homes in the first half of 2002. Sales
10.7% in 2001, a gain of 75 jobs.                           have averaged about 24 homes per month.
Engineering and management services                         Development in Mirror Lake has been aided
enjoyed the largest growth rate in services, a              by the completion of the Liberty Road bridge
12.6% increase, representing 34 new jobs.                   over Highway 78 providing better access to
                                                            the development from I-20.
Employment in local government, mainly in
education, increased 1.9% in 2001. With the                 Approximately 50 homes are being built or
opening of three new schools in 2002, larger                have been recently completed at the
gains can be expected when new covered                      Anneewakee Trails “Conservation
employment data are released.                               Community” located off Highway 92 near its
                                                            intersection with Highway 166.       This
Coming back from losses in 2000, both the                   development is projected to include about
transportation and public utilities and the                 1,500 homes with walking trails, tennis
finance, insurance and real estate sectors                  courts, community parks, and other
experienced job growth with increases of                    amenities. Home prices will range from
3.5% and 2.4%, respectively. The 10.6%                      $120,000 to $250,000.
gain in the wholesale trade sector was one of
the largest growth rates in the county.                     Development also continues at Bear Creek,
                                                            a golf course community located on Yeager
For the first time in recent years, jobs in the             Road off West Chapel Hill Road. The first
manufacturing sector were hit hard in                       phase of this development is expected to
Douglas with a loss of 171 jobs, a 6.4%                     contain 500 homes. Approximately 60
decline. These include losses in rubber and                 homes have been completed thus far with
miscellaneous plastics, fabricated metal                    prices from $200,000 to $500,000.
products, and industrial machinery.
Employment in manufacturing will also take a                In south Douglas, St. Andrews Golf and

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Country Club completed the long-awaited               5 years. The revenues from the tax are
expansion of its golf course to 18 holes this         earmarked for parks and recreation projects,
summer. St. Andrews began as Lands                    improvements to the Douglas County Fire
West, Douglas County’s first golf course              Department, and transportation projects in
community in the 1970s. Development plans             the city and county. The Highway 92
for St. Andrews include the addition of more          relocation plan, costing $2.15 million, will be
than 400 new home sites.                              funded by this SPLOST. SPLOST funds
                                                      were also used to purchase 800 acres along
Development finally got underway this year            the Dog River for $5.6 million.
on New Manchester, a 15-year project near
Sweetwater Creek State Park. This property            According to the Atlanta Regional
has been annexed by the City of                       Commission, a number of road and other
Douglasville. Plans for the 3,500-acre                projects are in the works in Douglas County.
property include a town center, residences,           The most significant projects include the
three golf courses, an office park, a Marriott        addition of HOV lanes on I-20 from I-285 to
hotel and conference center, and commercial           Highway 5 and the widening of Lee Road
buildings. Construction began in April on the         and its bridge over I-20 to four lanes. These
New Manchester Distribution center whose              projects are scheduled to be completed by
initial phase will contain 400,000 square feet        2007 or 2008.
and should be complete by late 2002.
                                                      Other commercial development in the county
As part of its plan to redevelop downtown,            includes the Westfork Distribution Center’s
the Douglasville Development Authority                addition of a 280,000 square foot bulk-
purchased several properties in the main              industrial facility. Located on Thornton Road
street area.      The city has plans for              in Lithia Springs, the facility expects to meet
streetscapes, sidewalks and lighting to help          demand from the new Norfolk Southern
draw businesses and customers to the area.            intermodal terminal in Austell.
Another new addition to the downtown area
this year was the opening of the 10,000               Unlike some other counties in the West
square foot Downtown Conference Center.               Georgia Region, Douglas County currently
                                                      has adequate water supplies to meet its
Douglas County voters approved a special              current population needs. Plans are in the
purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in            works to double reservoir capacity by 2006
March that plans to collect $100 million over         to meet future needs.




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                                                            Haralson County


                              Profile and Trends                                                   POPULATION CHANGE
                                                                                                     Haralson County, 1990-2000
Haralson County ranks 109 t h among
Georgia’s 159 counties in land area with 282                                   Bremen (pt.)                       163

square miles with Haralson’s municipalities                                      Buchanan          (55)
accounting for 32.2% of the population in
                                                                                Tallapoosa                    83
2000, down from 39.0% in 1990. From
1990-2000, the county grew at an annual rate                                     Waco (pt.)                   4

of 1.6%, well below the state rate of 2.4%.                                 Unincorporated                                                     3,998
Net migration accounted for 78.3% of
                                                                                          -1,000          0         1,000   2,000   3,000   4,000   5,000
Haralson’s population growth in the 1990s
while 21.7% was due to natural increase.
Haralson County’s population increased from
21,966 in 1990 to 25,690 in 2000, a 17.0%                                   and 70% of the national average. From
increase with almost all of the growth taking                               1990-2000, Haralson’s per capita personal
place in unincorporated Haralson.                                           income grew at an average annual rate of
                                                                            4.3%, which was faster than the national rate
                                                                            of 4.2% but slower than the state rate of
                               POPULATION GROWTH                            4.6%. Despite growing more slowly than the
                                  Haralson County                           state as a whole, Haralson grew faster than
                                                                 2.4
Annual Percent Change




                        2.5
                                                 2.0
                                                                            most counties in Georgia from 1990-2000.
                                    2.0
                        2.0                1.8
                                                           1.6
                                                                            As a result, Haralson rose in the rankings
                              1.5
                        1.5                                                 among Georgia counties from 85th in 1990 to
                        1.0                                                 76th in 2000 in per capita personal income.
                        0.5
                                                                            Haralson’s total personal income of $532
                        0.0
                               1970s        1980s           1990s
                                                                            million in 2000 ranked 63rd in the state and
                                Haralson               Georgia              accounted for 0.2% of the state total.
                                                                            Earnings from wage and salary income,
                                                                            other labor income, and proprietors income
According to 2000 Census data, median                                       accounted for 64.5% of personal income in
household income in 1999 was $31,656,                                       2000, down from 67.2% in 1990. The share
ranking 85th among Georgia counties, which                                  of personal income from dividends, interest,
was down significantly from 62nd in 1989. In                                and rent rose slightly from 16.2% in 1990 to
1999, 15.5% of the population lived below                                   16.3% in 2000. The share of personal
the poverty level ranking Haralson 70th in the                              income from transfer payments also rose
state, up slightly from 14.1% below the                                     from 16.6% in 1990 to 19.2% in 2000.
poverty level in 1989.
                                                                            According to the Bureau of Economic
Per capita income in 2000 was $20,615,                                      Analysis, total employment in Haralson in
which was 74% of the average for Georgia                                    2000 was 9,200 with wage and salary


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employment of 7,035 and 2,165 proprietors            in Haralson were retail trade with 15.6% of
including 315 farm proprietors. Farming              total employment and local government with
contributed 3.5% of total employment and             12.2%. Due to heavy losses in apparel and
1.7% of earnings in the county in 2000.              trucking, total employment in Haralson was
                                                     almost flat, falling at an average annual rate
Based on the most recent Census of                   of .02% during the 1990s.
Agriculture, Haralson had 260 farms in 1997
with farms occupying 17.0% of total land             Helping to offset the losses in transportation
area. Like Carroll, farming in Haralson is           and manufacturing, construction grew at an
concentrated in broiler production. Haralson         average annual rate of 7.1% from 1990-
ranked 92nd in the state in 2001 with $34.1          2000. Employment in state government (up
million of farm commodities produced.                7.3%), services (up 3.1%), and finance,
Poultry accounted for $26.2 million while            insurance, and real estate (up 3.1%) also
livestock production added $3.1 million and          grew significantly faster than population,
forestry added $2.7 million to farm gate             which grew at an average annual rate of
value.                                               1.6% during the 1990s.

Despite deep losses in employment in
Haralson in recent years, manufacturing                                             EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
remains the county’s leading sector with                                                Haralson County
respect to earnings, accounting for 27.0% of
                                                     Annual Percent Change


                                                                             4.0
                                                                                                       3.0             2.8
earnings in 2000 compared to 19.4% in                                        3.0          2.5
services. Durable goods, which accounted                                     2.0    1.5
                                                                                                 1.0
for 55.3% of manufacturing earnings in 2000,                                 1.0
                                                                                                                 0.0
is heavily concentrated in fabricated metals                                 0.0
products in Haralson, contributing 68.2% of                                  -1.0
durable goods earnings.                                                      -2.0
                                                                                     1970s        1980s           1990s

Nondurable goods, which accounted for                                                 Haralson               Georgia
44.7% of total manufacturing earnings in
2000, is no longer concentrated in apparel.          It is worth noting that the discussion of
In 1970, the apparel industry was                    employment and earnings in this section and
responsible for 80.3% of manufacturing               the discussion of covered employment that
earnings and 50.3% of total earnings in the          follows in the next section use definitions of
county. By 2000, as a result of a severe             employment and earnings based on the SIC
contraction in the apparel industry, apparel         (Standard Industrial Classifcation) System.
earnings had shrunk to 5.3% of                       The SIC System is being phased out and
manufacturing earnings and only 1.4% of              replaced by the North American Industrial
total earnings. Measured by earnings, the            Classification System (NAICS).
apparel industry in Haralson peaked in 1983
at $34.2 million. Apparel earnings stood at          Notable changes under NAICS include the
$3.5 million in 2000.                                creation of several new sectors containing
                                                     new industries and others moved from
Following manufacturing and services,                existing SIC sectors. For example, under
industries contributing the most jobs in 2000        NAICS, information includes publishing,

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which was previously in manufacturing;
                                                                      HOUSING PERMITS
communications, which was previously in
transportation, communications, and utilities;                        Haralson + Bremen
                                                          250
and data processing, which was previously in
                                                          200
services; and on-line information services,
                                                          150
which is new.         Another new sector,
accommodations and food services,                         100


contains hotels and motels, which were                     50

previously in services and restaurants, which              0
                                                                 91   92   93   94 95   96 97   98   99   00   01
were in retail trade under the SIC System.                      Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units
Real estate has been separated from
finance and insurance under NAICS.                    Bremen issued 55 single-family permits in
                                                      2001, while the City of Buchanan issued 5.
For a detailed view of employment by                  Another 125 single-family permits were
industry in Haralson County under the new             issued for locations in unincorporated
North American Industrial Classification              Haralson County.
System see the table at the end of this
booklet that contains data from County                Thus far in 2002, new housing activity in the
Business Patterns. For more information on            City of Bremen is well ahead of last year’s
the switch to NAICS including a schedule for          pace with 71 single-family permits issued
when other agencies will convert, follow the          through August compared to 30 for the same
NAICS link at the Census Bureau’s home                period in 2001. The upscale Greystone
page at http://www.census.gov/.                       subdivision is now built out with almost all of
                                                      its homes sold.

                                                      Within walking distance of Bremen High
                                                      School, Magnolia with approximately 50 lots
                                                      and homes starting in the low $100s added
Recent Conditions and Outlook                         a new phase this year. Most of this
                                                      subdivision’s lots have also been sold and
Unlike the other counties in the West Georgia         are presently occupied. Farther out Georgia
Region, Haralson County’s growth rate                 Avenue, Madeline Place is being developed
slowed slightly in 2001 as population                 by B-A-R Homes. Madeline Place currently
increased 1.7%. Nevertheless, Haralson’s              has 15-20 homes completed or in various
growth rate ranked in the top third of all
counties in the state. Haralson’s 2001                                HOUSING PERMITS
population of 26,255 currently places it 57th                         Haralson + Bremen
among Georgia counties. According to the                  160
Georgia Department of Labor, Haralson’s                   140
                                                          120
labor force stood at 9,742 in 2001, down                  100
slightly from 9,784 in 2000.                               80
                                                           60
                                                           40
Single-family housing permits in Haralson                  20
                                                           0
rose sharply in 2001 compared to 2000 but                              ' 01 to Date             ' 02 to Date

remained below 1999 levels. The City of                          Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units



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                          UNEMPLOYMENT RATE                                  UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
                             Haralson County                                     Haralson County
                                                                             400
                      8
  % Unemployed, NSA




                                                            Initial Claims
                      6                                                      300


                      4                                                      200


                      2                                                      100


                      0                                                        0
                      2000         2001        2002                             2000   2001   2002

                             Haralson     Georgia


stages of construction.                                    water. There is presently an estimated
                                                           backlog of more than a thousand building
Stonebridge Crossing is located in the City                permits that have been requested but not
of Bremen north of I-20 on US 27 across                    issued in the county for this reason.
from the entrance to the Bremen Industrial
Park. This planned luxury community saw                    While the unemployment rates for Atlanta
increased activity this year in each of its                and Georgia have trended upward during the
three separate neighborhoods: Doves                        recession, Haralson County’s rate has
Landing with custom homes listed from                      remained near 6% for much of 2001 and
$229,000 to $499,900, Ridgecreek with                      2002. In fact, Haralson’s unemployment rate
garden homes listed from $139,900 to                       for August was 5.1%, which was well below
$299,000, and Stonecreek with new town                     the August 2001 rate of 5.8% and the lowest
homes from $129,000.                                       in the county since January 2001. This is in
                                                           sharp contrast to the previous recession
Completed amenities include a clubhouse                    when the unemployment rate in Haralson
and a shopping and community services                      reached double-digit levels, peaking at
center.       Planned future amenities at                  14.2% in February 1991.
Stonebridge Crossing include swim and
tennis facilities, walking trails, and fiber optic         With its large manufacturing base, Haralson
cable and DSL connections.                                 has historically been more affected than
                                                           other counties in the West Georgia Region
In unincorporated Haralson, 85 single-family               by a national recession. However, with its
permits were issued through August, down                   decreasing share of manufacturing
slightly from 91 last year. Phase I in the Gold            employment and an increasing percent of its
Creek at Blaylock Hill subdivision in the                  labor force commuting to jobs in counties in
Tallapoosa area on GA 100 near I-20 is near                the Atlanta MSA, it appears that Haralson is
completion with about 5 new homes                          less impacted today by national recessions.
occupied and 10 more ready for sale.
                                                           Haralson’s stronger ties to Atlanta are
It is important to note that new housing                   reflected by the fact that the average
development has been severely constrained                  commuting time of Haralson workers
in recent years in Haralson County by lack of              increased from 25.2 minutes in 1990 to 30.3

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minutes in 2000. This could explain why               the early 1980s. Indeed, with the announced
Haralson’s unemployment rate has more                 closing of the Hubbard Company in Bremen,
closely followed that of Atlanta and Georgia          Haralson’s long relationship with the apparel
during this recession than previous ones.             industry appears to be over.                 The
                                                      manufacturer of men’s suits and slacks,
The decline in Haralson’s unemployment rate           which was founded in 1935, will close late
to 5.1% in August is consistent with a drop in        this year, resulting in the loss of the last 100
initial claims for unemployment benefits thus         apparel jobs in the county.
far in 2002. After peaking in January, initial
unemployment claims have been trending                Fortunately, there is also some good
downward in 2002 in Haralson, indicating              manufacturing news in Haralson recently. In
that labor market conditions could be                 April, Honda Lock-America (HL-A), was
improving soon in the county. However, with           named manufacturer of the year in Georgia
a recent layoff announcement by a major               in the small company category. The auto
employer, unemployment rates could rise for           parts plant is currently in the middle of a $30
the remainder of 2002 in the county and even          million expansion on its 39 acre site in the
into early next year as unemployment rates            Bremen Industrial Park. A new 165,000
often rise when economic conditions                   square foot building will house a parts
improve as discouraged workers re-enter the           painting facility and provide space for the
labor force.                                          production of door mirrors and handles.
                                                      Plans call for adding 140 jobs by the end of
Covered employment remained virtually flat            2002 as part of a 265 job addition to be
in Haralson County in 2001, losing a net of           completed by 2004.
10 jobs for a 0.2% decrease. This came
after a healthy 2.5% increase in 2000.                Employment in retail trade in Haralson fell for
Average weekly wages were $500 in 2001,               the second straight year in 2001, shedding
a 2.7% increase over 2000. Haralson’s                 39 jobs for a 3.7% decrease. Likewise,
covered employment stood at 6,330 in                  wholesale trade contracted in 2001 when
2001. The largest employment sectors were             employment fell 13.3%, accounting for a loss
manufacturing with 1,713 jobs, services with          of 35 jobs. The largest addition to retail
1,225 jobs, local government with1,171 jobs,          space currently underway in the county is the
and retail trade with 1,022 jobs.                     new Ingles shopping center on US 27, just
                                                      north of I-20. Other tenants are presently
Haralson remains the most production-                 being recruited for the 20 acre site.
oriented county in the West Georgia Region
with 27.1% of covered employment in the               Employment in finance, insurance, & real
county in manufacturing in 2001. This is              estate and transportation & public utilities
slightly above neighboring Carroll’s 25.4%            remained flat in 2001. Services added a
share in manufacturing.                               mere 6 jobs during the year. Business
                                                      services with over 500 jobs fell 4.5%, a loss
Manufacturing employment in Haralson stood            of 25 jobs. Fortunately, another major
at 1,713 in 2001, down 70 jobs from 2000.             services sector--health care added 38 jobs,
Apparel lost another 24 jobs in 2001 ending           an impressive 10.1% gain for the year.
the year at less than 200 jobs when there
were over 2,000 apparel jobs in the county in         Health services employment in Haralson will

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expand further with the $7.5 million                  County Schools, added 24 jobs in 2001, a
renovation and expansion underway at                  2.1% gain.        State government was
Higgins General Hospital in Bremen. This is           responsible for the addition of 54 more
part of a 40 year lease agreement signed in           government jobs, a 28.9% increase. The
2000 whereby Tanner Health Systems                    staffing of West Central Technical College
agreed to take over operation of Higgins and          will add more state government jobs in 2002
committed funds for new facilities,                   as well.
equipment, and expansion of services.
                                                      Construction on the 90-acre West Central
In addition to a major facelift for Higgins           Technical College site began in November
General in Bremen, the renovation includes            2000 and was completed last April. The
improvements to outpatient services and an            180,000 square foot facility with instructional
upgraded emergency room. Ground was                   space for 1,500 students represents the
broken in January for a new 31,000 square             largest one-time expansion of a technical
foot medical office building nearby to house          school in Georgia’s history. Classes are
new surgical groups. Tanner has also                  presently being offered in areas such as
brought other specialty services to Higgins in        medical technology, communications, and
Bremen and is establishing primary care               fiber optics. In addition, the 12,000 square
centers throughout the county.          When          foot Thomas B. Murphy Campus Conference
completed, these improvements will result in          Center is doing a brisk business hosting
a dramatic upgrade in medical services                conferences, exhibitions, and community
available in Haralson County.                         events.

Construction added 59 jobs to county                  In August, ground was broken at West
payrolls in Haralson in 2001, a 21.4%                 Central Tech for the West Georgia Regional
increase.     Public sector construction              Fiber Optics Network. This project was
projects, such as schools and the $25 million         made possible by a $2.2 million grant
West Central Technical College Campus in              secured through the efforts of Speaker Tom
Waco, have helped stimulate construction              Murphy and the Development Authority of
employment in Haralson in recent years.               Haralson County.

Work began in June on a $2.9 million                  The state-of-the art fiber optic network will
addition to the H. A. Jones Elementary                serve Bremen, Buchanan, Tallapoosa, and
School with an expected completion date in            Waco in Haralson County and parts of
Fall 2003. This was financed with funds from          Carroll County including Carrollton. It will
the extension of a 1% special purpose local           provide high speed Internet access for a
option sales tax approved by Haralson                 variety of users in both counties. This will be
County voters last September to fund public           particularly useful to clients such as Tanner
education projects in the City of Bremen and          Health Systems and commercial banks with
throughout the county. SPLOST revenues                a need to transmit large volumes of sensitive
from this extension will also be used to build        data and documents over a secure network.
a new primary school in Tallapoosa.                   It will be a boon to firms presently located in
                                                      Haralson and make the county a much more
Local government employment, dominated                attractive site for new firms comparing
by Bremen City Schools and Haralson                   potential locations.

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One such company that recently located in             The Millennium Business Park was officially
Haralson is SynchroNet, a maker of fiber              opened in Bremen in February. The 25 acre
optic networks. SynchroNet was founded in             park located in east Bremen is divided into
1999 with 4 employees and has since grown             18 lots from 1-2 acres in size. Unlike
to 50 employees. It has played a major role           Westport, which can accommodate large
in the development of the West Georgia                industrial tenants, Millennium is designed for
Regional Fiber Optics Network, which it will          the needs of small businesses. Utilities in
operate and lease from the Development                the park are all underground and include
Authority of Haralson County.                         electricity, gas, water, sewage, telephone,
                                                      and street lighting. High speed Internet
SynchroNet, expected to have 75-100                   access will be available through the West
employees by 2003, is the first tenant in             Georgia Fiber Optic Network.
Haralson County’s new industrial park--
Westport Business Park. Westport was                  A final addition to the city’s infrastructure this
developed with the help of a $500,000 grant           year is Bremen’s Multi-Purpose Building
from the OneGeorgia Authority that funded a           scheduled for completion by the first of
sewer line extension to the park. Developed           November. The 22,000 square foot $1
in cooperation with the City of Buchanan, the         million recreational facility is being built at no
new 175 acre industrial park is located               cost to the city using grant and SPLOST
between Bremen and Buchanan on US 27.                 monies.

Work continues on the widening of US 27               Certainly the most important potential
between Buchanan and Cedartown. The                   addition to infrastructure in Haralson County
scheduled completion date for this section            is the proposed West Georgia Regional
of highway is April 2003.                             Reservoir. In April, the Department of
                                                      Natural Resources approved the issuing of
The City of Bremen recently closed the book           $46 million in bonds to finance construction
on a development involving the Bremen                 of the 2,300 acre lake on Beech Creek
Industrial Park when it agreed on the terms to        between Tallapoosa and Buchanan.
repay a loan used to finance the ill-fated
Turkey Creek golf course project. Bremen              Originally planned as a 3,500 acre reservoir
had hoped the proposed amenity would help             on the Tallapoosa River, the smaller but
lure economic development to the area.                deeper Beech Creek location will be a
However, the Turkey Creek project was                 pump-diversion reservoir with water pumped
abandoned after a long legal battle with              from the Tallapoosa into the 27 billion gallon
opponents.                                            lake during high flow periods. The original
                                                      plan was a contributing factor to the “water
Fortunately for the city, the late Eddie              wars” between Georgia, Alabama, and
Newbern transformed the abandoned project             Florida over rights to water from the
into The Lion Championship Golf Course.               Tallapoosa and Chattahoochee rivers.
The Lion opened for play in September 2001
to rave reviews and regularly hosts golf              Under an agreement between Georgia and
tournaments for groups in the West Georgia            Alabama that paved the way for approval of
area. It is a fitting legacy for one of West          the Beech Creek site, water cannot be
Georgia’s most respected businessmen.                 diverted from the reservoir for use outside

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the Tallapoosa Basin. Upon completion, the             Tallapoosa and Buchanan, support
West Georgia Regional Reservoir will supply            residential development on the lake itself,
the water needs of Haralson, most of Carroll,          and serve as a valuable recreational
and parts of Paulding and Polk counties until          resource for both the county and the West
2050 when the population of the Tallapoosa             Georgia Region.
Basin is projected to reach 500,000 people.
                                                       The Beech Creek site proposal is currently
It will likely have the most dramatic effect on        under review by the Corps of Engineers.
development in Haralson County where the               Objections of displaced gold miners and
lack of water resources has been a severe              protectors of the finelined pocketbook
constraint on residential construction. In             mussel notwithstanding, it appears that most
addition to supplying water for housing in all         major hurdles have been cleared by
parts of the county, the reservoir will                advocates of the project and the West
transform Haralson County High School and              Georgia Regional Reservoir could be a
Middle School into lakefront properties,               reality as soon as 2004 or 2005.
require the rerouting of GA 120 between




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                                                             Paulding County


                               Profile and Trends                                                     POPULATION CHANGE
                                                                                                           Paulding County, 1990-2000
Paulding County ranks 94th among
Georgia’s 159 counties in land area with 313                                   Braswell (pt.)             (18)

square miles with its municipalities
                                                                                      Dallas                         1,964
accounting for only 7.9% of the population in
2000, down from 10.5% in 1990. From                                                   Hiram           (113)
1990-2000, Paulding was Georgia’s third
fastest growing county with an average                                       Unincorporated                                                          38,234

annual growth rate of 7.0%. Net migration                                                       -10,000          0     10,000   20,000   30,000   40,000   50,000
into the county accounted for 83.2% of the
growth while natural increase accounted for
16.8%.
                                                                             However, Paulding’s per capita income in
                                                                             2000 of $17,458 was only 63% of the
                               POPULATION GROWTH                             average for Georgia and 59% of the national
                                  Paulding County                            average. While population growth in the
 Annual Percent Change




                         8.0
                                                            7.0
                                                                             county has been very strong in recent years,
                         6.0                                                 per capita income growth has lagged badly
                                            4.9
                               4.1                                           with Paulding growing at an annual average
                         4.0
                                                                             rate of only 2.1% as the state grew at an
                                                                  2.4
                                                  2.0
                         2.0
                                     2.0                                     annual rate of 4.6% from 1990-2000.
                                                                             Consequently, Paulding’s per capita
                         0.0
                                1970s        1980s           1990s           personal income ranking in the state has
                                 Paulding               Georgia              plummeted in recent years, falling from 60th
                                                                             in 1990 to 142nd in 2000.
Population growth in Paulding County has
been extraordinary. On April 1, 1990, the                                    The wide divergence between Paulding’s
Census Bureau counted 41,611 residents in                                    very high ranking in the state in median
the county. By April 1, 2000, total population                               income and very low ranking in per capita
had increased to 81,678, a 96.3% increase.                                   income is due to two factors. First, Paulding
                                                                             has historically had a relatively small percent
Median household income for Paulding in                                      of very high-income households that raise
1999 was $52,161 ranking 11th among                                          per capita income.
Georgia counties, up from 14th in 1989.
Paulding had the fifth lowest poverty rate in                                Second, much of Paulding’s growth in recent
the state with only 5.5% of the population                                   years has been come from first-time home
living below the poverty level in 1999, down                                 buyers with larger than average size
substantially from 9.4% below the poverty                                    households. In 2000, 30.7% of Paulding’s
level in 1989.                                                               population was under 18, compared to
                                                                             26.5% for the state as a whole.


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Consequently, Paulding has the largest                 contractors alone contributing 18.6%.
average household size at 2.89 persons per             Construction also accounted for 18.1% of
household of any county in the West Georgia            total employment in the county in 2000
Region, compared to 2.65 persons per                   compared to the state as a whole where it
household for the state as a whole.                    accounted for only 5.8%. The service sector
                                                       was responsible for 25.2% of employment
Paulding’s total personal income of $1.45              but only 14.0% of earnings in 2000.
billion in 2000 ranked 29th in the state and           Likewise, retail trade accounted for 20.8% of
accounted for 0.6% of Georgia’s total                  total employment but only 15.5% of earnings
personal income. Earnings from wage and                in 2000.
salary income, other labor income, and
proprietors income accounted for 80.4% of                                             EMPLOYMENT GROWTH
personal income, the same as in 1990. The                                                 Paulding County




                                                        Annual Percent Change
                                                                                8.0
share of personal income from dividends,                                                                           7.2
                                                                                                   6.4
interest, and rent fell from 10.1% in 1990 to                                   6.0
9.3% in 2000 while the share of personal                                              4.8

income from transfer payments rose from                                         4.0
                                                                                                         3.0
                                                                                            2.5                          2.8
9.5% in 1990 to 10.2% in 2000.
                                                                                2.0

According to Department of Labor                                                0.0
                                                                                       1970s        1980s           1990s
estimates, Paulding was home to 43,851
workers in 2000. However, according to the                                              Paulding               Georgia
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the
total number of jobs in the county in 2000             During the 1990s, total employment grew at
was only 21,725 suggesting that the majority           an average annual rate of 7.2% in Paulding.
of Paulding’s workforce held jobs elsewhere.           Industries with the fastest growth were
                                                       transportation, communications, and utilities,
According to BEA, total employment in 2000             which grew at a 14.7% annual rate; retail
consisted of wage and salary employment of             trade, which grew at a 9.7% annual rate; and
13,483 and 8,242 proprietors including 257             services, which grew at an 8.4% annual rate.
farm proprietors. Farming in Paulding
contributed 1.3% of total employment in                Employment in finance, insurance, and real
2000 but subtracted from earnings as                   estate grew at a 7.1% annual rate, which was
farmers incurred a net loss $159,000.                  very close to the population growth rate of
Paulding ranked 99th in the state in 2001 with         7.0% for the decade. Employment in local
$29.7 million of farm commodities produced.            government lagged behind population
Poultry accounted for $14.3 million of                 growth, growing at a 5.5% annual rate in the
Paulding’s farm gate in 2001 with                      1990s.
ornamental horticulture production adding
another $9.7 million.                                  It is worth noting that the discussion of
                                                       employment and earnings in this section and
The booming real estate market in recent               the discussion of covered employment that
years in Paulding is reflected by the fact that        follows in the next section use definitions of
construction accounted for 21.8% of earnings           employment and earnings based on the SIC
in the county in 2000 with specialty trade             (Standard Industrial Classification) System.

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The SIC System is being phased out and
replaced by the North American Industrial
                                                                                       UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Classification System (NAICS).                                                            Paulding County
                                                                            6




                                                       % Unemployed, NSA
                                                                            5
Notable changes under NAICS include the
                                                                            4
creation of several new sectors containing
                                                                            3
new industries and others moved from
                                                                            2
existing SIC sectors. For example, under
                                                                            1
NAICS, information includes publishing,
                                                                            0
which was previously in manufacturing;                                          2000            2001          2002
communications, which was previously in
                                                                                          Paulding      Georgia
transportation, communications, and utilities;
and data processing, which was previously in
services; and on-line information services,           However, a severe recession in Georgia and
which is new.                                         Atlanta resulted in Paulding's unemployment
                                                      rate rising to 4.0% by June 2002.
For a detailed view of employment by                  Nevertheless, Paulding's August
industry in Paulding County under the new             unemployment rate of 3.7% was still well
North American Industrial Classification              below the state rate of 4.7% and the Atlanta
System see the table at the end of this               MSA rate of 4.9%.
booklet that contains data from County
Business Patterns. For more information on            Like much of Georgia, initial claims for
the switch to NAICS including a schedule for          unemployment insurance in Paulding rose
when other agencies will convert, follow the          significantly during late 2000 and through
NAICS link at the Census Bureau’s home                much of 2001.             However, initial
page at http://www.census.gov                         unemployment claims in the county have
                                                      trended downward in 2002. This suggests
                                                      that the recent upward trend in the
                                                      unemployment rate in the county may flatten
                                                      out or reverse. For the month of August,
                                                      initial unemployment claims totaled 247,
Recent Conditions and Outlook                         about 11% below the August 2001 level.

Paulding County was the 7 th fastest growing
county in the nation in the 1990s with an                                          UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
average annual growth rate of 7.0%. In                                                 Paulding County
                                                                            500
2001, Paulding's population increased 8.0%,
making it the 4th fasting growing county in the                             400
                                                           Initial Claims




state. Paulding's 2001 population of 89,734                                 300
ranks 24th among Georgia counties.
                                                                            200

Paulding's rapid population growth in recent                                100

years has been accompanied by a very tight                                        0
                                                                                   2000          2001        2002
labor market with unemployment rates in the
county falling below 2% in early 2001.

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                 HOUSING PERMITS                                                 HOUSING PERMITS
                  Paulding County                                                 Paulding County
   3,000                                                                2,000

   2,500
                                                                        1,500
   2,000

   1,500                                                                1,000

   1,000
                                                                         500
    500

      0
            91   92   93   94 95   96 97   98   99   00   01                          ' 01 to Date    ' 02 to Date
           Single Family Units             Multi-Family Units                   Single Family Units   Multi-Family Units


While the Atlanta and Georgia economies                              public sector investment in roads, schools,
declined sharply in the last year and a half,                        water, and other public services as well as
residential construction activity remains near                       private investment in commercial space for
an all time high in Paulding. In 2001, a total                       retail and services
of 2,446 single-family building permits were
issued in the county, about 13% more than in                         Despite recessions at the national and MSA
2000.       However, multi-family housing                            levels in 2001, Paulding County's economy
construction was down in 2001 with only 176                          continued to grow with a robust gain of 5.9%
permits issued compared to 674 in 2000.                              in covered employment, resulting in a net
                                                                     increase of 697 jobs. By comparison, the
Based on data through August, it appears                             Atlanta MSA saw employment rise by only
the county will see even more residential                            0.5% in 2001. Paulding's employment
construction activity this year. Thus far in                         growth rate was by far the fastest among the
2002, a total of 2,179 housing units have                            five counties in the West Georgia Region.
been permitted in Paulding compared to
1,920 units through August of 2001.                                  The top four sectors in terms of employment
                                                                     in Paulding County are retail trade, local
Construction of both single-family and                               government, construction, and services.
multi-family units are up so far in 2002. To                         Retail employment increased in Paulding in
date, permits for a total of 1,953 single-family                     2001 by 6.6%. At the state level, retail
units and 226 multi-family units have issued                         employment expanded by only 0.3%. New
with about 90% issued for locations in                               establishments in Paulding making
unincorporated Paulding. In the City of                              significant additions to retail employment in
Dallas, a total of 202 single-family units and                       2002 include Sam's Club, Target, Publix,
4 multi-family units have been permitted so                          Kohl's and Marshalls.
far in 2002, a 66% increase over the same
period in 2001.                                                      In addition, a number of new restaurants
                                                                     have opened recently in Hiram including
Once again, economic development in                                  Longhorn Steakhouse and O'Charley's. In
Paulding is being driven by population                               March 2002, Hiram voters approved
growth. This includes both the development                           by-the-drink alcohol sales on Sunday, a
of new residential communities and activities                        policy change requested by a number of
related to servicing the needs of the rapidly                        restaurants. This should help the county
growing population. The latter includes                              retain some retail sales that may have

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otherwise gone to Cobb or Douglas.                     school year. Paulding County Government
                                                       has added 27 employees, mainly in public
Looking ahead, strong population growth in             safety, thus far in 2002.
Paulding County will continue to spur new
retail development. However, the coming                Construction added 59 jobs to county
year could see the smallest increase in retail         payrolls in 2001, leaving covered
employment in recent years for a number of             employment in construction at 1,847.
reasons. First, Paulding has seen significant          Propelled by low mortgage rates and a high
additions to retail space in the last two years        level of single-family construction activity, it
with the completion of the Hiram Pavilion              appears that 2002 will also be another good
complex and other retail projects along US             year for construction employment in Paulding
278. As a result, announcements for new                County.
retail developments in the county have
slowed considerably.                                   However, the outlook for construction
                                                       employment in 2003 is mixed. Due primarily
Second, the recession has raised                       to a decrease in commercial construction,
unemployment rates and lowered incomes                 construction employment in the Atlanta MSA
throughout the Atlanta area. Indeed, retail            has fallen sharply, shrinking 11.3% from July
employment in the Atlanta MSA fell 3.0%                2001-July 2002. A drop-off in commercial
from July 2001 to July 2002. Finally, retail           construction in Paulding next year could see
employment in the county could be negatively           a decline in construction employment as well
impacted in the coming year by the                     despite continued strength in residential
bankruptcy-related restructuring at Kmart.             construction in the county.
Presently, however, Kmart has decided to
keep its Hiram store open.                             Services employment in Paulding added 220
                                                       net jobs in 2001, a very significant 16.8%
Surging school enrollments are leading to              increase. Health services, which accounts
large increases in local government                    for about one-third of services employment in
employment. The Paulding County School                 the county, expanded by 57 jobs in 2001 for
System provides approximately 80% of local             a 13.7% gain. Other services sectors
government jobs. With more than 2,150                  adding jobs in 2001 include engineering and
employees, the Paulding County School                  management services (44 jobs), social
System is the single largest employer in the           services (31 jobs) and business services (26
county. Annual enrollment growth in the                jobs). Two new establishments: a bed and
Paulding County School System has                      breakfast in Dallas and a 14-screen movie
averaged about 8 percent in recent years.              theater in Hiram will add to services
The county's newest school, $8.2 million               employment in Paulding in 2002 and 2003.
Baggett Elementary, recently opened its
doors for the 2002-03 school year.                     Smaller sectors experiencing increases in
                                                       employment in 2001 in Paulding include
Overall, local government employment                   transportation, communications, & public
expanded by 230 jobs, an 8.4% gain in                  utilities (up 4.2%); wholesale trade (up
2001. Similar gains are expected for 2002.             5.9%); finance, insurance and real estate (up
Paulding County School System added                    6.5%); and state government (up 28.5%).
about 190 new employees for the 2002-03                The banking sector has had a number of

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noteworthy developments thus far in 2002.              golf course community, is located on
These include the opening of a Community               Harmony Grove Church Road near the
Trust Bank office in Dallas, the formation of a        Paulding-Cobb boundary.       It is being
new bank in Dallas (First National Bank                developed by Cousins Properties and is
West Metro), and the merging of Community              projected to contain over 1,700 units with
Trust Bank of Hiram with GB&T Bancshares.              homes priced from $150s to the mid $400s.
                                                       Bentwater's championship golf course
Employment in manufacturing in Paulding fell           opened in May 2000. The Paulding County
by 170 jobs in 2001, a 15.3% decline. The              Builders Association named Bentwater
biggest manufacturing loss was due to the              "Community of the Year" in 2000 and 2001.
closing of Malbon Inc., a women's apparel
sewing facility in Hiram, which resulted in the        Governor's Club is a proposed upscale
elimination of 92 jobs. With only 7.5% of              residential golf course development located
covered employment, Paulding's                         on the northern border of Paulding and Cobb
manufacturing sector is the smallest of the            near Cedarcrest Road. Plans call for the
five counties in the West Georgia Region.              gated community to include an 18-hole golf
                                                       course, about 500 homes, and retail/office
The only other sector with a year-over-year            space. Price ranges for the homes in
decline in employment in the county in 2001            Governor's Club will be from $400,000 to $1
was federal government. The net loss of 19             million. Based on current plans, about 300 of
jobs in this sector was similar to the 15 job          the homes will be in Paulding with the
gain in 2000. These changes are likely                 remainder in Cobb. The developer, Kenneth
related to the addition of temporary workers           Horton, agreed to pay $3 million to Paulding
for the 2000 Census.                                   County so it can expand its waste treatment
                                                       plant to accommodate Governor's Club's
Much of the residential construction in the            sewage.
county continues to take place in relatively
small subdivisions developed by a variety of           The 1,150-acre Georgian Resort is located
local developers. Many of these residential            off Highway 61 near the Paulding-Carroll line.
developments reflect Paulding's traditional            Original plans for The Georgian called for
competitive advantage in Atlanta's housing             300 single-family home sites, two 18-hole
market-providing affordable single family              championship golf courses, a 500-room
housing to younger households who need                 hotel, European spa, and equestrian center
access to jobs in other parts of the                   to serve as a destination resort for travelers
metropolitan area. In recent years, however,           all over the world. Present plans for The
several residential communities in Paulding            Georgian, which is being developed by
have begun targeting other segments of the             Grand Cypress Development, include a
housing market.                                        250-room hotel, a conference center and
                                                       spa. The Georgian's first golf course, known
Creekside Golf and Country Club, located               as The Frog, was completed in November
between Hiram and Dallas, opened its golf              1998 and is now managed by Marriott Golf.
course in April 1999 and has seen steady               The interim clubhouse at The Frog presently
activity in the construction of new homes              hosts meetings for civic associations and
priced in the $135,000 to $300,000 range               social gatherings.
during the last few years. Bentwater, another

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Vista Lake, a more conventional                        In September 2000, Paulding voters
development, is the largest subdivision under          supported a five-year extension of a
development in the Dallas area with home               SPLOST for capital improvement projects for
prices in the $115,000-$140,000 range.                 schools. Funds from this tax will allow the
Developers are projecting 750 homes for                construction of $80 million in projects during
this subdivision.                                      the 2001-2005 tax collection period. The
                                                       next scheduled SPLOST-funded school
Another Dallas area subdivision, the Village           project is a new middle school. This $10
at Silver Ridge, has a number of completed             million facility will become the county's sixth
units and many others under construction.              middle school and its largest with 900-950
The developer of this project, Colony Homes,           students.
specializes in building entry-level homes.
Prices for homes at Silver Ridge start in the          The Paulding County portion of the Silver
low $100s. Both of these subdivisions have             Comet Trail was completed in July 2001.
easy access to the Silver Comet recreational           This trail runs parallel to US 278 across the
trail. St. Ives, a recently completed 200-unit         county and is part of the "rails to trails"
apartment complex is located adjacent to the           program establishing a bike trail from Atlanta
Silver Ridge subdivision.                              to Alabama. The trail has proved to be a
                                                       highly popular recreational resource. Over
Residential and commercial developments in             time, the trail should positively impact
Paulding will add to the traffic volume in the         economic development attracting bike
county. Traffic counts by the Georgia DOT              shops, restaurants, and other establishments
show that major roads in the county such as            catering to trail users.
the Dallas Highway and US 278 saw traffic
volume double during the 1990s. Over that              An important priority for the county is
time, the mean commuting time for Paulding             securing adequate water resources. The
residents increased from 32.8 minutes in               most significant water project underway is
1990 to 39.1 minutes in 2000, the longest in           the Richland Creek Reservoir project in
the state.                                             northern Paulding. The county acquired 700
                                                       acres for this reservoir in early 2002. The
In November 1999, Paulding voters                      completion of this reservoir is projected to
approved a 1% special purpose local option             satisfy the county's need for water until 2050.
sales tax (SPLOST) extension to support                Portions of Paulding County could also
roads, recreation and public safety                    receive water from the West Georgia
initiatives. A number of related infrastructure        Regional Reservoir currently under
improvement projects are in various stages             consideration in Haralson County.
of development in the county. In addition to a
new public safety complex in Hiram, the                Finally, the Paulding County Building
county is constructing a new soccer complex            Authority is also pushing for a public/private
on Graves Road and a new equestrian                    partnership to build a new business/industrial
center at the Paulding Meadows Veterans                park near Dallas. A critical necessary
Memorial Park. The county will also be using           element for the development of this park is
a portion of SPLOST revenue to construct a             the expansion of waste treatment capacity at
performing arts facility once additional funds         the Dallas treatment facility.
are raised.

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                     COVERED EMPLOYMENT - CARROLL COUNTY
                        INDUSTRY                          2000      2001      Change % Change

    Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing                        194      228            34        17.5%
    Mining                                                  *        *           *          *
    Construction                                           2,021     2,156          135        6.7%
    Manufacturing                                          8,868     7,802      -1,066       -12.0%
             Food and Kindred Products                     1,619     1,534          -85       -5.3%
             Textiles                                         609      587          -22       -3.6%
             Apparel                                       1,154       925         -229      -19.8%
             Lumber and Wood Products                         246      255            9        3.7%
             Furniture and Fixtures                            18       12           -6      -33.3%
             Paper and Allied Products                        509      526           17        3.3%
             Printing and Publishing                          177      173           -4       -2.3%
             Chemicals and Allied Products                  *        *           *          *
             Petroleum Refining                             *        *           *          *
             Rubber and Misc Plastic Products                 543      451          -92      -16.9%
             Stone, Clay, Glass and Concrete                  110      113            3        2.7%
             Primary Metal Products                        2,643     2,315         -328      -12.4%
             Fabricated Metal Products                        164      171            7        4.3%
             Industrial Machinery, Including Computer         246      242           -4       -1.6%
             Electronic, Other Electrical Equipment         *        *           *          *
             Instruments and Related Products               *        *           *          *
             Transportation Equipment                       *        *           *          *
             Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries         *        *           *          *
    Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities       820      870           50        6.1%
    Wholesale Trade                                        1,232       993         -239      -19.4%
             Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods                  732      619         -113      -15.4%
             Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods               500      375         -125      -25.0%
    Retail Trade                                           6,326     6,154         -172       -2.7%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate                    1,021     1,025            4        0.4%
    Services                                               5,713     5,805           92        1.6%
             Hotels, Other Lodging Places                      71       69           -2       -2.8%
             Personal Services                                252      256            4        1.6%
             Business Services                                960      920          -40       -4.2%
             Auto Repair, Services, Garages                   292      307           15        5.1%
             Miscellaneous Repair Services                    134      133           -1       -0.7%
             Motion Pictures                                   74       57          -17      -23.0%
             Amusement And Recreation Services                195      204            9        4.6%
             Health Services                               2,768     2,902          134        4.8%
             Legal Services                                   172      175            3        1.7%
             Educational Services                             101      102            1        1.0%
             Social Services                                  369      341          -28       -7.6%
             Membership Organizations                          64       62           -2       -3.1%
             Engineering And Management Services              232      252           20        8.6%
             Private Households                                29       26           -3      -10.3%
    Federal Government                                        239      216          -23       -9.6%
    Local Government                                       3,621     3,658           37        1.0%
    State Government                                       1,630     1,781          151        9.3%

    All Industries                                        31,714     30,743          -971       -3.1%

    *       Industry does not meet disclosure criteria.

Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                     COVERED EMPLOYMENT - COWETA COUNTY
                        INDUSTRY                          2000      2001      Change % Change

    Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing                        347       407           60        17.3%
    Mining                                                  *        *           *          *
    Construction                                           1,448      1,425           -23       -1.6%
    Manufacturing                                          5,308      4,965          -343       -6.5%
             Food and Kindred Products                      *        *           *          *
             Textiles                                         280       277            -3     -1.1%
             Apparel                                          614       482          -132    -21.5%
             Lumber and Wood Products                         144       132           -12     -8.3%
             Furniture and Fixtures                         *        *           *          *
             Paper and Allied Products                      *        *           *          *
             Printing and Publishing                           82        90            8       9.8%
             Petroleum Refining                             *        *           *          *
             Rubber and Misc Plastic Products                 619       585           -34     -5.5%
             Stone, Clay, Glass and Concrete                  457       443           -14     -3.1%
             Primary Metal Products                         *        *           *          *
             Fabricated Metal Products                        507       464           -43     -8.5%
             Industrial Machinery, Including Computer         208       174           -34    -16.3%
             Electronic, Other Electrical Equipment         *        *           *          *
             Transportation Equipment                       *       909          *          *
             Instruments and Related Products               *        *           *          *
             Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries            11        19             8     72.7%
    Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities       997     1,095            98      9.8%
    Wholesale Trade                                           858     1,134           276     32.2%
             Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods                  544       549             5      0.9%
             Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods               314       585           271     86.3%
    Retail Trade                                           7,161      7,641           480      6.7%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate                       889       638          -251    -28.2%
    Services                                               5,422      6,034           612     11.3%
             Hotels, Other Lodging Places                      90        79           -11    -12.2%
             Personal Services                                163       168             5      3.1%
             Business Services                             1,991      2,070            79      4.0%
             Auto Repair, Services, Garages                   160       162             2      1.3%
             Miscellaneous Repair Services                     18       101            83   461.1%
             Motion Pictures                                   75        76             1      1.3%
             Amusement And Recreation Services                295       345            50     16.9%
             Health Services                               1,627      1,863           236     14.5%
             Legal Services                                   110       116             6      5.5%
             Educational Services                             106       124            18     17.0%
             Social Services                                  379       450            71     18.7%
             Membership Organizations                          38        50            12     31.6%
             Engineering And Management Services              308       368            60     19.5%
             Private Households                                61        64             3      4.9%
    Federal Government                                        284       198           -86    -30.3%
    Local Government                                       3,895      3,894            -1     -0.0%
    State Government                                          276       382           106     38.4%

    All Industries                                        26,906    27,867           961        3.6%

    *       Industry does not meet disclosure criteria.

Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                     COVERED EMPLOYMENT - DOUGLAS COUNTY
                        INDUSTRY                          2000      2001       Change % Change

    Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing                        175        197           22        12.6%
    Mining                                                  *         *           *          *
    Construction                                           2,360      2,456             96        4.1%
    Manufacturing                                          2,691      2,520           -171       -6.4%
             Food and Kindred Products                      *         *           *          *
             Textiles                                       *         *           *          *
             Apparel                                           30         32            2         6.7%
             Lumber and Wood Products                          54         65           11        20.4%
             Furniture and Fixtures                         *         *           *          *
             Paper and Allied Products                        191        120      *          *
             Printing and Publishing                          173        175            2       1.2%
             Chemicals and Allied Products                    298        312      *          *
             Petroleum Refining                             *         *           *          *
             Rubber and Misc Plastic Products                  87         63           -24    -27.6%
             Stone, Clay, Glass and Concrete                  125        127             2      1.6%
             Primary Metal Products                         *        80           *          *
             Fabricated Metal Products                        838        756           -82     -9.8%
             Industrial Machinery, Including Computer         572        515           -57    -10.0%
             Electronic, Other Electrical Equipment         *             42      *          *
             Transportation Equipment                           4      *          *          *
             Instruments and Related Products               *          *          *          *
             Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries            61         81      *          *
    Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities    1,076      1,114             38      3.5%
    Wholesale Trade                                        1,722      1,905            183     10.6%
             Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods               1,386      1,330            -56     -4.0%
             Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods               336        575           239     71.1%
    Retail Trade                                           9,195      9,788            593      6.4%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate                       828        848            20      2.4%
    Services                                               8,280      8,027           -253     -3.1%
             Hotels, Other Lodging Places                     263        242           -21     -8.0%
             Personal Services                                422        438            16      3.8%
             Business Services                             2,807      2,351           -456    -16.2%
             Auto Repair, Services, Garages                   460        453            -7     -1.5%
             Miscellaneous Repair Services                    699        774            75     10.7%
             Motion Pictures                                   56         53            -3     -5.4%
             Amusement And Recreation Services                266        256           -10     -3.8%
             Health Services                               2,405      2,480             75      3.1%
             Legal Services                                    84         94            10     11.9%
             Educational Services                              21         23      *          *
             Social Services                                  452        481            29      6.4%
             Membership Organizations                          66         71             5      7.6%
             Engineering And Management Services              269        303            34     12.6%
             Private Households                                10          7            -3    -30.0%
    Federal Government                                        178        153           -25    -14.0%
    Local Government                                       3,610      3,677             67      1.9%
    State Government                                          417        435            18      4.3%

    All Industries                                        30,619     31,249           630        2.1%

    *       Industry does not meet disclosure criteria.

Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                 COVERED EMPLOYMENT - HARALSON COUNTY
                        INDUSTRY                          2000      2001      Change % Change

    Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing                         37       49            12       32.4%
    Construction                                              276      335            59       21.4%
    Manufacturing                                          1,783     1,713           -70       -3.9%
             Food and Kindred Products                      *        *           *         *
             Apparel                                          229      205           -24       -10.5%
             Lumber and Wood Products                          15       14            -1        -6.7%
             Printing and Publishing                        *        *           *         *
             Chemicals and Allied Products                  *        *           *         *
             Rubber and Misc Plastic Products                 328      314           -14        -4.3%
             Stone, Clay, Glass and Concrete                  174      177             3         1.7%
             Primary Metal Products                         *        *           *         *
             Fabricated Metal Products                        621      572           -49        -7.9%
             Industrial Machinery, Including Computer          27       24            -3       -11.1%
             Transportation Equipment                       *        *           *         *
             Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries         *        *           *         *
    Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities       158      156            -2        -1.3%
    Wholesale Trade                                           263      228           -35       -13.3%
             Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods                  111       83           -28       -25.2%
             Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods               152      145            -7        -4.6%
    Retail Trade                                           1,061     1,022           -39        -3.7%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate                       128      128             0         0.0%
    Services                                               1,219     1,225             6         0.5%
             Hotels, Other Lodging Places                  *         *           *         *
             Personal Services                                 39       40             1         2.6%
             Business Services                                556      531           -25        -4.5%
             Auto Repair, Services, Garages                    36       39             3         8.3%
             Miscellaneous Repair Services                     13       11            -2       -15.4%
             Amusement And Recreation Services              *        *           *         *
             Health Services                                  378      416            38        10.1%
             Legal Services                                    50       50             0         0.0%
             Social Services                                   81       69           -12       -14.8%
             Membership Organizations                          19       17            -2       -10.5%
             Engineering And Management Services               28       27            -1        -3.6%
             Private Households                                 5        4            -1       -20.0%
    Federal Government                                         55       53            -2        -3.6%
    Local Government                                       1,147     1,171            24         2.1%
    State Government                                          187      241            54        28.9%

    All Industries                                         6,340      6,330          -10        -0.2%

    *       Industry does not meet disclosure criteria.

Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                     COVERED EMPLOYMENT - PAULDING COUNTY
                        INDUSTRY                          2000      2001      Change % Change

    Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing                        138      171           33        23.9%
    Mining                                                 *         *          *          *
    Construction                                           1,788     1,847            59         3.3%
    Manufacturing                                          1,114       944          -170       -15.3%
             Textiles                                      *         *          *          *
             Apparel                                       *         *          *          *
             Lumber and Wood Products                         135      123           -12        -8.9%
             Furniture and Fixtures                        *         *          *          *
             Paper and Allied Products                      *           85      *          *
             Printing and Publishing                           61       64            3         4.9%
             Chemicals and Allied Products                 *         *          *          *
             Rubber and Misc Plastic Products              *         *          *          *
             Stone, Clay, Glass and Concrete                  215      204           -11        -5.1%
             Fabricated Metal Products                         44       42            -2        -4.5%
             Industrial Machinery, Including Computer          84       79            -5        -6.0%
             Transportation Equipment                      *         *          *          *
             Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries        *         *          *          *
    Transportation, Communications and Public Utilities       570      594           24         4.2%
    Wholesale Trade                                           358      379           21         5.9%
             Wholesale Trade - Durable Goods                  234      254           20         8.5%
             Wholesale Trade - Nondurable Goods               125      125            0         0.0%
    Retail Trade                                           3,361     3,582          221         6.6%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate                       245      261           16         6.5%
    Services                                               1,308     1,528          220        16.8%
             Hotels, Other Lodging Places                  *         *          *          *
             Personal Services                                 72       90           18        25.0%
             Business Services                                169      195           26        15.4%
             Auto Repair, Services, Garages                    96       97            1         1.0%
             Miscellaneous Repair Services                     64       74           10        15.6%
             Motion Pictures                               *         *          *          *
             Amusement And Recreation Services                130      145           15        11.5%
             Health Services                                  416      473           57        13.7%
             Legal Services                                    44       55           11        25.0%
             Educational Services                          *         *          *          *
             Social Services                                  159      190           31        19.5%
             Membership Organizations                          15       15            0         0.0%
             Engineering And Management Services               88      132           44        50.0%
             Private Households                            *         *          *          *
             Miscellaneous Services                        *         *          *          *
    Federal Government                                        103       84          -19        -18.4%
    Local Government                                       2,731     2,961          230          8.4%
    State Government                                          151      194           43         28.5%

    All Industries                                        11,869     12,566         697         5.9%

    *       Industry does not meet disclosure criteria.

Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                           North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Employment
                                                                      Carroll County, 2000
                            Industry                          Employees         Firms                             Industry                      Employees Firms

Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Agriculture Support           10-19             7           Wholesale Trade                                     1,445             92
     Forestry and Logging                                               10-19           7      Motor Vehicle, Motor Vehicle Parts & Supply                  118         15
Mining                                                        20-49             3              Lumber & Other Construction Material                     100-249          2
     Stone Mining & Quarrying                                           20-49           2      Computer & Peripheral Equipment & Software                    24          5
     Drilling Oil & Gas Wells                                            1-4           1       Metal Service Centers & Offices                          250-499          3
Utilities                                                     400               7              Electrical Goods Wholesale                                    37          4
     Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution           100-249           6      Hardware, PlumbIing & Heating Equipment                    20-99          5
     Natural Gas Distribution                                           10-19           1      Machinery, Equipment & Supplies                              104         17
Construction                                                  2,159             262            Miscellaneous Durable Goods                                   73         11
     Building, Developing & General Contracting                           499          77      Paper & Paper Products                                      5-19          2
     Highway & Street Construction                                         26           7      Apparel, Piece Goods & Notions                               209          8
     Water, Sewer, and Pipeline Construction                            20-99           2      Grocery & Related Products                                    63          4
     Power, Communication, Transmission Line Construction             100-249           4      Farm Products Raw Materials                                   28          3
     Other Heavy Construction                                             213          10      Chemical & Allied Products                                    61          8
     Special Trade Contractors                                          1,204         162      Petroleum & Petroleum Products                               1-9          2
Manufacturing                                                 9,104             131            Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods                                11          3
     Food Manufacturing                                               1,937             7   Retail Trade                                        4,314             345
     Textile Mills                                                      136             4      Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers                                337         37
     Textile Product Mills                                              162             5      Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores                            98         20
     Apparel Manufacturing                                            1,555            12      Electronics & Appliance Stores                                36         10
     Wood Product Manufacturing                                         198            10      Building Materials, Garden Equipment, Supplies               346         32
     Paper Manufacturing                                           100-249              2      Food & Beverage Stores                                     1,170         48
     Printing & Related Support Activities                              136            10      Health & Personal Care Stores                                179         26
     Petroleum Lubricating Oil & Grease Manufacturing                 20-49             1      Gasoline Stations                                            394         57
     Chemical Manufacturing                                              77             4      Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores                       268         29
     Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing                         1,022            11      Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book & Music Stores                    85         16
     Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing                           61             3      General Merchandise Stores                                 1,063         19
     Primary Metal Manufacturing                                   500-999              5      Miscellaneous Store Retailers                                224         39
     Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing                             402            24      Nonstore Retailers                                           114         12
     Machinery Manufacturing                                            108             4   Transportation & Warehousing                        495               59
     Computer & Electronic Product Manufacturing                   500-999              2      Truck Transportation                                         381         45
     Electrical Equipment, Appliance & Component Mfg            1,000-2,499             5      Limousine Service                                            1-9          2
     Transportation Equipment Manufacturing                           20-99             2      Special Needs Transportation                                5-19          2
     Furniture & Related Product Manufacturing                           35             7      Transportation Support Activities                        100-249         10
     Miscellaneous Manufacturing                                        164            13

                             Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                           Industry                            Employees       Firms                             Industry                        Employees Firms

Information                                                    341             19         Educational Services                                   119             9
     Newspaper, Periodical, Book, Database Publishers                  50-99          4      Elementary & Secondary Schools                               103            4
     Motion Picture & Video Production                                   1-4          1       Colleges, Universities & Professional Schools               1-4            1
     Broadcasting & Telecommunications                               100-249          9       Other Schools & Instruction                                 5-19           2
     Information Services                                                5-9          2   Health Care and Social Assistance                      3,053           161
     Data Processing Services                                        100-249          3       Offices of Physicians                                        494         52
Finance & Insurance                                            952             112            Offices of Dentists                                          185         22
     Commercial Banking                                                 543          32       Offices of Other Health Practicioners                         82         24
     Nondepository Credit Intermediation                                174          28       Outpatient Care Centers                                       71          6
     Activities Related to Credit Intermediation                         17           6       Medical Laboratories                                       50-99          3
     Security, Commodity Contracts & Like Activity                       17           8       Home Health Care Services                                  20-99          2
     Insurance Carriers                                                  79           7       Ambulance Services                                         20-49          1
     Insurance Agencies & Other Insurance Related Activities            122          31       General Medical & Surgical Hospitals                 1,000-2,499          2
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing                                 266             72             Nursing & Residential Care Facilities                        510         14
     Lessors of Real Estate                                              37          15       Individual & Family Services                               20-49          5
     Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers                             41          18       Temporary Shelters                                           5-9          1
     Activities Related to Real Estate                                   37          17       Child Day Care Services                                  250-499         29
     Rental & Leasing Services                                          151          22   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation                       124             10
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services                  670             109            Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, & Related Ind            5-19           3
     Legal Services                                                      197         32       Golf Courses & Country Clubs                             100-249           3
     Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, Payroll                   120         24       Fitness & Recreational Sports Centers                      50-99           4
     Architectural, Engineering & Related Services                       150         17   Accommodation & Food Services                          2,250           128
     Specialized Design Services                                       10-19          2       Hotels and Motels                                             70          9
     Computer Systems Design & Related Services                           28         10       RV Parks & Recreational Camps                                5-9          1
     Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services               24         10       Full-Service Restaurants                                     849         50
     Advertising & Related Services                                      5-9          2       Limited-Service Eating Places                              1,211         64
     Photographic Services                                               1-9          2    2 Food Service Contractors                                  100-249          3
     Veterinary Services                                               50-99          6   Other Services (Except Public Administration)          1,130           226
     Other Professional, Scientific & Technical Services               20-99          4       Automotive Repair & Maintenance                              247         55
Management of Companies & Enterprises                          100-249       6                Electronic & Precision Equipment R&M                       20-99          3
     Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices              100-249           6       Commercial Equipment R&M                                      54         12
Administration, Support, Waste Mgt, Remediation Services       704           66               Personal & Household Goods R&M                             10-19          9
     Office Administrative Services                                    10-19          5       Personal & Laundry Services                                  279         52
     Facilities Support Services                                         1-4          1       Religious Organizations                                      436         79
     Employment Services                                                 457          5       Grantmaking & Giving Services                               1-19          2
     Business Support Services                                         20-99          7       Social Advocacy Organizations                                1-4          2
     Travel Arrangement & Reservation Services                            17          4       Civic & Social Organizations                                  29          5
     Investigation & Security Services                                    38          9       Business, Labor, Political, Like Organizations                49          7
     Services to Buildings & Dwellings                                   115         25   Unclassified Establishments                            31              16
     Other Support Services                                            10-19          4
                                                                                          Total All Industries                                   27,749          1,846
     Waste Management & Remediation Services                              16          6
                          North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Employment
                                                                  Coweta County, 2000
                           Industry                        Employees        Firms                             Industry                      Employees Firms

Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Agriculture Support       52                8           Wholesale Trade                                     847               91
     Logging                                                        20-99           5      Motor Vehicle, Motor Vehicle Parts & Supply                  241          9
     Agriculture & Forestry Support Services                        10-19           3      Furniture & Home Furnishing                                   22          4
Mining                                                    10-19             1              Lumber & Other Construction Materials                         42          8
     Crushed Granite Mining & Quarrying                             10-19           1      Professional & Commercial Equipment, Supplies                 13          4
Utilities                                                 500-999       7                  Metal & Mineral                                            10-19          1
     Electric Power Distribution                               250-499              6      Electrical Goods                                         100-249          3
     Natural Gas Distribution                                     20-49             1      Hardware, PlumbIing & Heating Equipment                       49          7
                                                                                           Machinery, Equipment & Supplies                               77         22
Construction                                              1,272             219            Miscellaneous Durable Goods                                   60          9
   Building, Developing & General Contracting                        240           71      Paper & Paper Products                                       1-9          2
   Highway & Street Construction                                      60            3      Drugs & Druggists' Sundries                                10-19          1
   Other Heavy Construction                                          121            9      Women's, Children's, Infants' Clothing                       1-4          1
   Special Trade Contractors                                         851          136      Grocery & Related Products                               100-249          7
Manufacturing                                             5,714             89             Farm Products Raw Materials                                  1-4          1
   Food Manufacturing                                             250-499           3      Chemical & Allied Products                                     9          4
   Textile Mills                                                  250-499           4      Petroleum & Petroleum Products                                14          4
   Textile Product Mills                                              397           4      Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods                                32          4
   Apparel Manufacturing                                            50-99           3   Retail Trade                                        4,039             290
   Wood Product Manufacturing                                          55           4      Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers                               413          41
   Paper Manufacturing                                            100-249           1      Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores                          153          15
   Printing                                                            23           8      Electronics & Appliance Stores                               52          10
   Asphault Paving Mixture & Block Manufacturing                      1-4           1      Building Materials, Garden Equipment, Supplies              632          31
   Chemical Manufacturing                                             1-9           2      Food & Beverage Stores Dealers                              756          26
   Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing                           647           8      Health & Personal Care Stores                               264          22
   Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing                          653           8      Gasoline Stations                                           190          39
   Primary Metal Manufacturing                                    500-999           6      Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores                      322          35
   Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing                             603          13      Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book & Music Stores                   79          11
   Machinery Manufacturing                                          20-99           2      General Merchandise Stores                                  910          15
    Printed Circuit Assembly Manufacturing                          50-99          1       Miscellaneous Store Retailers                               218          36
    Industrial Process Control Manufacturing                      250-499           1      Nonstore Retailers                                           50           9
    Electrical Equipment Manufacturing                                1-9           2   Transportation & Warehousing                        251               55
    Transportation Equipment Manufacturing                        500-999           5      Truck Transportation                                     100-249         41
    Furniture & Related Product Manufacturing                          69           8      Other Transportation                                       25-49         13
    Miscellaneous Manufacturing                                        11           5      General Warehousing & Storage                                1-4          1

                            Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                           Industry                            Employees         Firms                             Industry                       Employees Firms

Information                                                    404               17         Educational Services                                  149              13
     Newspaper, Periodical, Book, Database Publishers                    20-99          3      Elementary & Secondary Schools                                119           4
     Software Publishers                                                   1-4          1      Business Schools & Computer & Mgt Training                  20-99           2
     Motion Picture Theaters                                             20-49          1      Other Schools and Instruction                               10-19           4
     Broadcasting & Telecommunications                                 100-249          8      Educational Support Services                                  1-9           2
     Data Processing Services                                          100-249          4   Health Care and Social Assistance                     2,390            133
Finance & Insurance                                            864               109           Offices of Physicians                                        272          34
     Commercial Banking                                                    260         22      Offices of Dentists                                          163          22
     Savings Institutions                                                20-99          6      Offices of Other Health Practicioners                        137          23
     Nondepository Credit Intermediation                                    98         25      Outpatient Care Centers                                    20-99           5
     Mortgage & Nonmortgage Brokers                                      10-19          4      Medical & Diagnostic Laboratories                             14           3
     Security, Commodity Contracts & Like Activity                       20-99         11      Home Health Care Services                                    124           6
     Insurance Carriers                                                      8          7      Ambulance Services                                         50-99           1
     Insurance Agencies & Other Insurance Related Activities               348         29      General Medical & Surgical Hospitals                 1,000-2,499           4
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing                                 244               63            Nursing & Residential Care Facilities                        262           5
     Lessors of Real Estate                                                 37         13      Individual & Family Services                               20-99          10
     Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers                                46         17      Community, Emergency & Other Relief                        10-19           3
     Activities Related to Real Estate                                      25         11      Vocational Rehabilitation Centers                            1-4           1
     Rental & Leasing Services                                         100-249         21      Child Day Care Services                                      221          16
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services                  422               129        Arts, Entertainment & Recreation                      170              18
     Legal services                                                        108         20      Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, & Related Ind             5-9           3
     Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, Payroll                      57         15      Museums                                                      1-4           1
     Architectural, Engineering & Related Services                          76         33      Amusement, Gambling & Recreation Industries                  162          14
     Specialized Design Services                                            14          8   Accommodation & Food Services                         2,413            115
     Computer Systems Design & Related Services                             45         17      Accommodation                                                143          11
     Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services                 26         16      Full-Service Restaurants                                    1293          46
     Advertising & Related Services                                         12          4      Limited-Service Eating Places                                893          46
     Marketing Research & Public Opinion Polling                           1-4          1      Special Food Services                                         79           8
     Photography Studios, Portrait                                        5-19          5      Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)                         14           4
     Veterinary Services                                                    76          7   Other Services (Except Public Administration)         994              176
Management of Companies & Enterprises                          250-499           5             Repair & Maintenance                                         218          54
     Offices of Bank Holding Companies                                     1-4          1      Personal Care Services                                        79          18
     Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices                 250-499          4      Death Care Services                                           22           6
Administration, Support, Waste Mgt, Remediation Services       1,754             106           Drycleaning & Laundry Services                                31           5
     Employment Services                                                 1,308         12      Other Personal Services                                       26           9
     Business Support Services                                              26          8      Religious Organizations                                      576          68
     Travel Agencies                                                     10-19          1      Civic & Social Organizations                                  10           5
     Investigation & Security Services                                      17          5      Business, Labor, Political, Like Organizations             20-99          10
     Services to Buildings & Dwellings                                     356         66   Auxiliaries (Excluding Corp & Regional Mgt)           500-999          2
     Other Support Services                                              10-19          4
                                                                                            Total All Industries                                  23,669           1,665
     Waste Management & Remediation Services                                 9          8
                            North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Employment
                                                                  Douglas County, 2000
                             Industry                        Employees        Firms                           Industry                    Employees Firms

Mining                                                      20-99             4          Wholesale Trade                                    1,389         115
     Crushed Granite Mining & Quarrying                               20-99          2      Motor Vehicle, Motor Vehicle Parts & Supply               137     13
     Industrial Sand Mining                                             1-4          1      Furniture & Home Furnishing                                26      6
Utilities                                                   276               4             Lumber & Other Construction Materials                     276     10
     Electric Power Distribution                                    100-249          3      Professional & Commercial Equipment, Supplies              73     10
     Natural Gas Distribution                                         20-49          1      Metal Service Centers & Offices                            51      5
Construction                                                2,378             348           Electrical Goods                                           91     10
     Building, Developing & General Contracting                         386         93      Hardware, PlumbIing & Heating Equipment                    54      9
     Heavy Construction                                                 517         26      Machinery, Equipment & Supplies                           104     12
     Plumbing, Heating & AC Contractors                                 275         44      Miscellaneous Durable Goods                                10      7
     Painting & Wall Covering Contractors                                60         16      Paper & Paper Products                                    127      4
     Electrical Contractors                                             314         32      Drugs & Druggists' Sundries                           100-249      2
     Masonry, Drywall, Insulation, Tile Contractors                     159         23      Apparel, Piece Goods & Notions                             29      5
     Carpentry & Floor Contractors                                    20-99         20      Grocery & Related Products                                 77      5
     Roofing, Siding, & Sheet Metal Contractors                         140         22      Chemical & Allied Products                            100-249      5
     Concrete Contractors                                                89         14      Petroleum and Petroleum Products                          1-4      1
     Water Well Drilling Contractors                                  10-19          3      Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods                            120      9
     Other Special Trade Contractors                                    325         55   Retail Trade                                       7,133         398
Manufacturing                                               2,841             95            Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers                           1,193     60
     Carpet & Rug Mills                                               10-19          1      Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores                        276     22
     Apparel Manufacturing                                               11          4      Electronics & Appliance Stores                            212     15
     Wood Container & Pallet Manufacturing                              1-4          1      Building Material & Garden Equipment & Supply Dealers     577     23
     Paper Manufacturing                                            100-249          2      Food & Beverage Stores Dealers                          1,438     38
     Printing & Related Support Activities                               19         11      Health & Personal Care Stores                             195     25
     Petroleum & Coal Products Manufacturing                          20-99          3      Gasoline Stations                                         315     55
     Chemical Manufacturing                                           20-99          2      Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores                    863     75
     Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing                           664          6      Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book & Music Stores                309     18
     Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing                          113          6      General Merchandise Stores                              1,379     17
     Primary Metal Manufacturing                                      50-99          2      Miscellaneous Store Retailers                             333     41
     Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing                             960         20      Nonstore Retailers                                         43      9
     Machinery Manufacturing                                            130          8   Transportation & Warehousing                       658           69
     Computer & Electronic Product Manufacturing                      50-99          2      Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation                100-249      1
     Relay & Industrial Control Manufacturing                           1-4          1      Truck Transportation                                  250-499     52
     Transportation Equipment Manufacturing                         100-249          4      Transportation Support Activities                       10-19     12
     Furniture & Related Product Manufacturing                          221          8      Couriers & Messengers                                 100-249      3
     Miscellaneous Manufacturing                                        153         13      General Warehousing & Storage                             1-4      1

                              Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                           Industry                           Employees         Firms                             Industry                        Employees Firms

Information                                                   425               26         Educational Services                                   100               8
     Publishing Industries                                              20-99          4       Elementary & Secondary Schools                                  72           3
     Motion Picture & Sound Recording Industries                           12          3       Other Schools & Instruction                                  20-99           4
     Broadcasting & Telecommunications                                    377         18       Educational Support Services                                   1-4           1
     On-line Information Services                                         1-4          1   Health Care and Social Assistance                      2,470             148
Finance & Insurance                                           695               105            Offices of Physicians                                          804         48
     Commercial Banking                                                   328         28       Offices of Dentists                                            184         26
     Credit Unions                                                        1-9          2       Offices of Other Health Practicioners                           81         30
     Nondepository Credit Intermediation                                   59         25       Outpatient Care Centers                                      10-19          2
     Activities Related to Credit Intermediation                        20-99          7       Medical & Diagnostic Laboratories                            20-99          2
     Securities Brokerage                                               10-19          3       Home Health Care Services                                    20-49          2
     Direct Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers                       5-19          5       General Medical & Surgical Hospitals                       250-499          4
     Insurance Agencies & Brokerages                                      117         33       Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals                    250-499          1
     Insurance & Pension Funds                                          50-99          2       Nursing & Residential Care Facilities                        20-99          5
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing                                387               78             Individual & Family Services                                 20-99         10
     Lessors of Real Estate                                               46          19       Temporary Shelters                                           10-19          2
     Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers                              37          20       Child Day Care Services                                        326         16
     Activities Related to Real Estate                                    45          16   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation                       137               18
     Rental & Leasing Services                                           259          23       Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, & Related Ind             20-99           5
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services                 861               161            Golf Courses & Country Clubs                                 10-19           4
     Legal services                                                        89         36       Fitness & Recreational Sports Centers                        20-99           6
     Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, Payroll                    403         29       Bowling Centers                                              20-49           1
     Architectural, Engineering & Related Services                         70         19       Other Amusement & Recreational Services                        1-4           1
     Specialized Design Services                                        20-49         10   Accommodation & Food Services                          3,735             150
     Computer Systems Design & Related Services                            64         26       Hotels and Motels                                              223         14
     Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services                31         15       Full-Service Restaurants                                     2,309         75
     Scientific R&D Services                                            20-99          2       Limited-Service Eating Places                                1,193         57
     Advertising & Related Services                                        14          7       Special Food Services                                          1-9          2
     Other Professional, Scientific, Technical Services                   106         17       Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)                        10-19          2
Management of Companies & Enterprises                         160               11         Other Services (Except Public Administration)          1,700             223
     Offices of Bank Holding Companies                                    1-9          2       Repair & Maintenance                                           694         94
     Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices                100-249          9       Personal Care Services                                         195         26
Administration, Support, Waste Mgt, Remediation Services      3,669             115            Death Care Services                                             41          7
     Office Administrative Services                                        58          4       Drycleaning & Laundry Services                                  96         12
     Employment Services                                                2,925         18       Other Personal Services                                         23         10
     Business Support Services                                          20-99         14       Religious Organizations                                        611         64
     Travel Arrangement & Reservation Services                          20-99          5       Social Advocacy Organizations                                20-99          2
     Investigation & Security Services                                     65          7       Civic & Social Organizations                                   1-9          2
     Services to Buildings & Dwellings                                    225         43       Business, Labor, Political, Like Organizations               10-19          5
     Other Support Services                                               286         11   Auxiliaries (Excluding Corp & Regional Mgt)            100               4
     Waste Collection                                                      31         10
                                                                                           Total All Industries                                   29,221            2,105
     Waste Management & Other Remediation Services                          7          3
                          North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Employment
                                                                     Haralson County, 2000
                           Industry                           Employees         Firms                          Industry                  Employees Firms

Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Agriculture Support           12                5         Wholesale Trade                                117             13
     Logging                                                             5-19         4      Automobile & Other Motor Vehicle                      1-4          1
     Soil Preparation, Planting, & Cultivation                            1-4         1      Electronic Parts & Equipment                          1-4          1
Utilities                                                     5-19              3            Machinery, Equipment & Supplies                        71          4
     Electric Power Distribution                                         5-19         3      Recyclable Material                                   5-9          1
Construction                                                  350               61           Drugs & Druggists' Sundries                          5-19          2
     Building, Developing & General Contracting                            93        11      Petroleum & Petroleum Products                       5-19          2
     Water, Sewer, & Pipeline Construction                               5-19         2      Flower, Nursery Stock, Florists' Supplies             5-9          1
     Other Heavy Construction                                            5-19         2      Miscellaneous Nondurables                             1-4          1
     Plumbing, Heating & AC Contractors                                    60         8   Retail Trade                                   1,033           104
     Painting & Wall Covering Contractors                                   8         3      Automobile Dealers                                     62          9
     Electrical Contractors                                                61        10      Boat Dealers                                          1-4          1
     Masonry & Stone Contractors                                           24         3      Automotive Parts & Accessories                         18          4
     Carpentry Contractors                                                 15         6      Tire Dealers                                         5-19          3
     Roofing, Siding, & Sheet Metal Contractors                            14         3      Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores                    1-9          2
     Concrete Contractors                                                  18         5      Radio, TV & Other Electronics Stores                  1-4          1
     Other Special Trade Contractors                                       40         8      Building Materials & Supplies Dealers                  39          6
Manufacturing                                                 2,022             34           Lawn & Garden Equipment & Supplies Stores               4          3
     Frozen Food Manufacturing                                            1-4         1      Grocery Stores                                        357         16
     Textile Product Mills                                              50-99         2      Meat Markets                                          1-4          1
     Cut & Sew Apparel Manufacturing                                      123         4      Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores                            5-9          3
     Sawmills                                                            5-19         2      Pharmacies & Drug Stores                               56          7
     Commercial Lithographic Printing                                 250-499         2      Gasoline Stations                                     232         24
     Paint & Coating Manufacturing                                        1-4         1      Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores               5-19          3
     Plastics Products Manufacturing                                  250-499         2      Sporting Goods Stores                                 1-9          2
     Rubber Products Manufacturing                                    250-499         3      Musical Instrument & Supplies Stores                20-49          1
     Cement & Concrete Products Manufacturing                             279         3      General Merchandise Stores                            142          7
     Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel                     5-9         1      Florists                                                6          3
     Prefabricated Metal Building & Component Manufacturing           100-249         1      Gift, Novelty, & Souvenir Stores                      1-4          1
     Metal Can Manufacturing                                          250-499         1      Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers                   5-9          2
     Machine Shops                                                          6         3      Nonstore Retailers                                     41          5
     Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing                       10-19         2   Transportation & Warehousing                   105             20
     Machinery Manufacturing                                            10-19         2      Truck Transportation                                20-99         17
     Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing                                 5-9         1      Pipeline Transportation                             20-49          1
     Furniture & Related Products Manufacturing                         10-19         2      Motor Vehicle Towing                                  1-4          1
     Sporting & Athletic Goods Manufacturing                              1-4         1      Warehousing & Storage                                 1-4          1

                       Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business,State University of West Georgia
                         Industry                          Employees        Firms                            Industry                    Employees Firms

Information                                                40               6         Health Care and Social Assistance                  458               33
     Newspaper Publishers                                             1-4         1      Offices of Physicians                                        46         11
     Sound Recording Industries                                       1-4         1      Offices of Dentists                                          24          3
     Radio Stations                                                   5-9         1      Offices of Chiropractors                                    1-4          1
     Wired Telecommunications Carriers                              20-49         3      Offices of Optometrists                                     1-9          2
Finance & Insurance                                        124              19           Offices of PT, OT, Speach Therapy & Audiology               1-4          1
     Commercial Banking                                               112        11      Home Health Care Services                                 20-49          1
     Consumer lending                                                 1-4         1      Ambulance Services                                        20-49          1
     Real Estate Credit                                               1-4         1      General Medical & Surgical Hospitals                    100-249          1
     Insurance Agencies & Brokerages                                10-19         6      Nursing & Residential Care Facilities                       155          3
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing                             14               6            Individual & Family Services                                1-9          2
     Lessors of Real Estate                                           1-9         2      Child Day Care Services                                   20-49          7
     Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers                          1-9         2   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation                   12                3
     Video Tape & Disc Rental                                         5-9         2      Golf Courses & Country Clubs                                1-4          1
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services              85               23           Fitness & Recreational Sports Centers                     10-19          1
     Legal services                                                    47         9      Bowling Centers                                             1-4          1
     Offices of Certified Public Accountants                          1-4         1   Accommodation & Food Services                      488               35
     Other Accounting Services                                        1-9         2      Hotels and Motels                                          1-9           2
     Engineering Services                                             1-4         1      Full-Service Restaurants                                   213          21
     Testing Laboratories                                             1-4         1      Limited-Service Restaurants                                265          11
     Computer Systems Design & Related Services                        10         4      Food Service Contractors                                   1-4           1
     Human Resources & Executive Search Consulting                    1-4         1   Other Services (Except Public Administration)      268               54
     Advertising & Related Services                                   1-9         2      Automotive Mechanical & Electrical R&M                    20-99          8
     Photography Studios, Portrait                                    1-4         1      Automotive Body, Paint & Interior R&M                        17          5
     Veterinary Services                                              5-9         1      Other Automotive Repair & Maintenance                      5-19          2
Management of Companies & Enterprises                      5-19             2            Computer & Office Machine R&M                              5-19          2
     Offices of Holding Companies                                     1-4         1      Commercial Equipment Repair & Maintenance                   1-4          1
     Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices                5-9         1      Personal & Household Goods R & M                          10-19          3
Administration, Support, Waste Mgt, Remediation Services   438              15           Personal Care Services                                      1-4          1
     Collection Agencies                                             5-19         2      Funeral Homes                                             20-49          3
     Repossession Services                                            5-9         1      Drycleaning & Laundry Services                            20-99          4
     Security Guards & Patrol Services                            250-499         1      Religious Organizations                                     100         20
     Exterminating & Pest Control Services                          10-19         1      Civic & Social Organizations                                1-4          1
     Janatorial Services                                            20-49         3      Business Associations                                       1-9          2
     Landscaping Services                                            5-19         4      Labor Unions & Similar Labor Organizations                10-19          1
     Other Support Services                                         50-99         2   Unclassified Establishments                        10-19             8
     Solid Waste collection                                           1-4         1
                                                                                      Total All Industries                               5,598             444
                        North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Employment
                                                               Paulding County, 2000
                        Industry                        Employees        Firms                            Industry                     Employees Firms

Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Agriculture Support    9                 3          Wholesale Trade                                    305               51
   Logging                                                        5-19          2      Motor Vehicle, Motor Vehicle Parts & Supply                  50         13
   Animal Production Support Activities                            1-4          1      Furniture                                                   1-9          2
Mining                                                 10-19             2             Lumber & Other Construction Materials                        60          5
   Crushed Granite Mining & Quarrying                            10-19          1      Professional & Commercial Equipment, Supplies               1-9          2
   Mining Support Activities                                       1-4          1      Metal Service Centers & Offices                             5-9          1
Utilities                                              10-19             2             Electrical Goods                                             11          4
   Electric Power Distribution                                   10-19          2      Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Supplies                         7          3
Construction                                           1,624             267           Machinery, Equipment & Supplies                              32          7
   Building, Developing & General Contracting                     196          53      Miscellaneous Durable Goods                                  14          5
   Heavy Construction                                             178          15      Stationery & Office Supplies                                5-9          1
   Plumbing, Heating & AC Contractors                             277          45      Grocery & Related Products                                20-49          4
   Painting & Wall Covering Contractors                           144          12      Chemical & Allied Products                                   85          3
   Electrical Contractors                                         208          37      Petroleum & Petroleum Products                              5-9          1
   Masonry, Drywall, Insulation, Tile Contractors                 160          27   Retail Trade                                       2,481             145
   Carpentry & Floor Contractors                                   45          15      Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers                               298         21
   Roofing, Siding, & Sheet Metal Contractors                      14           6      Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores                           43          7
   Concrete Contractors                                           107          15      Electronics & Appliance Stores                                6          6
   Other Special Trade Contractors                                295          42      Building Materials & Supplies Dealers                       275         12
Manufacturing                                          1,170             46            Lawn & Garden Equipment & Supplies Stores                    27          5
   Food Manufacturing                                              1-4          1      Grocery Stores                                              688         14
   Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills                               250-499          2      Specialty Food Stores                                        31          4
   Cut & Sew Apparel Manufacturing                             100-249          2      Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores                                   12          4
   Wood Product Manufacturing                                  100-249          5      Pharmacies & Drug Stores                                  20-99          8
   Paper Manufacturing                                           20-49          2      Optical Goods Stores                                        5-9          1
   Printing & Related Support Activities                            22          5      Gasoline Stations                                           216         27
   Chemical Manufacturing                                        50-99          2      Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores                       56          9
   Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing                    100-249          2      Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book & Music Stores                   26          7
   Cement & Concrete Products Manufacturing                        182          4      General Merchandise Stores                                  605          6
   Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing                           81         10      Miscellaneous Store Retailers                                31          9
   Machinery Manufacturing                                       20-99          4      Nonstore Retailers                                           77          5
   Radio, TV Broadcast & Wireless Communications Mfg               1-4          1   Transportation & Warehousing                       117               32
   Relay & Industrial Control Manfacturing                         5-9          1      Truck Transportation                                    100-249         25
   Transportation Equipment Manufacturing                        20-49          2      Scenic & Sightseeing Transportation                         1-4          1
   Office Furniture Manufacturing                                  5-9          1      Freight Transportation Arrangement                        10-19          5
   Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing                    20-49          2      Packing & Crating                                           1-4          1

                          Prepared by Department of Economics, Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia
                        Industry                         Employees       Firms                            Industry                       Employees Firms

Information                                               100            12        Educational Services                                  22                5
   Newspaper Publishers                                          20-99         3       Elementary & Secondary Schools                              10-19          2
   Sound Recording Studios                                         1-4         1       Business Schools & Computer & Mgt Training                    1-4          1
   Broadcasting & Telecommunications                                42         5       Cosmetology & Barber Schools                                  1-4          1
   Data Processing Services                                      10-19         3       Educational Support Services                                  1-4          1
Finance & Insurance                                       237            41        Health Care and Social Assistance                     714               51
   Commercial Banking                                              183        12       Offices of Physicians                                          62          7
   Credit Unions                                                   1-4         1       Offices of Dentists                                            67          9
   Consumer Lending                                                5-9         3       Offices of Other Health Practicioners                       20-99         12
   Real Estate Credit                                              1-9         2       Outpatient Care Centers                                   250-499          2
   Secondary Market Financing                                      1-4         1       Home Health Care Services                                     1-4          1
   Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation                       1-9         2       Ambulance Services                                          20-99          2
   Mortgage & Nonmortgage Brokers                                  5-9         3       Nursing & Residential Care Facilities                       10-19          3
   Security, Commodity Contracts & Like Activity                     4         4       Social Assistance                                         100-249         15
   Direct Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers                   1-9         2   Arts, Entertainment & Recreation                      82                5
   Agencies & Other Insurance Related Activities                 20-99        11       Promoters of Entertainment Events with Facility               1-4          1
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing                            77             25            Golf Courses & Country Clubs                                20-49          1
   Lessors of Real Estate                                        10-19         5       Fitness & Recreational Sports Centers                       20-49          2
   Offices of Real Estate Agents & Brokers                          14         9       Bowling Centers                                              1-19          1
   Residential Property Managers                                   1-9         2   Accommodation & Food Services                         1,134             53
   Other Activities Related to Real Estate                         1-4         1       Rooming & Boarding Houses                                    1-4           1
   Rental & Leasing Services                                        48         8       Full-Service Restaurants                                     462          25
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services             253            60            Limited-Service Eating Places                                665          26
   Legal services                                                   44        15       Food Services Contractors                                    1-4           1
   Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, Payroll                41         6   Other Services (Except Public Administration)         500               101
   Architectural, Engineering & Related Services                    75        12       Automotive Repair & Maintenance                               141         25
   Specialized Design Services                                     1-9         2       Electronic & Precision Equipment R & M                          4          4
   Computer Systems Design & Related Services                    20-99        12       Commercial Equipment Repair & Maintenance                      25          7
   Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services            5         5       Personal & Household Goods R & M.                              25          8
   Other Professional, Scientific, Technical Services               59         8       Beauty Salons                                                  65          7
Management of Companies & Enterprises                     5-19           2             Funeral Homes                                                 5-9          1
   Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices              5-19         2       Cemetaries & Crematoriums                                    5-19          2
Administration, Support, Waste Mgt, Remediation Services3,047            63            Drycleaning & Laundry Services                                  6          5
   Office Administrative Services                                 5-19         2       Other Personal Services                                      5-19          2
   Facilities Support Services                                 100-249         1       Religious Organizations                                       194         35
   Private Mail Centers                                            1-4         1       Social Advocacy Organizations                                 1-4          1
   Court Reporting & Stenotype Services                            1-4         1       Civic & Social Organizations                                  1-4          1
   Travel Agencies                                                 1-4         1       Business, Labor, Political, Like Organizations              10-19          3
   Investigation & Security Services                              5-19         3   Auxiliaries (Excluding Corp & Regional Mgt)           5-9               2
   Services to Buildings & Dwellings                               137        41   Unclassified Establishments                           10-19             16
   Other Support Services                                        10-19         3
                                                                                   Total All Industries                                  9,181             984
   Waste Management & Other Remediation Services                    39        10
    Carroll County, Georgia

                                                                  Carroll
                        People QuickFacts                         County        Georgia
Population, 2001 estimate                                            91,956      8,383,915
Population percent change, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2001                  4.5%             1.9%
Population, 2000                                                     87,268      8,186,453
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                             22.2%             26.4%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                              7.1%             7.3%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                            25.9%             26.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                         10.0%             9.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                     80.5%             65.1%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                 16.3%             28.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)          0.3%             0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                      0.6%             2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)               Z          0.1%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                  1.1%             2.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                    1.1%             1.4%
Female persons, percent, 2000                                        51.3%             50.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 (b)               2.6%             5.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000          79.4%             62.6%
High school graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000      71.1%             78.6%
College graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000          16.5%             24.3%
Housing units, 2000                                                  34,067      3,281,737
Homeownership rate, 2000                                             70.5%             67.5%
Households, 2000                                                     31,568      3,006,369
Persons per household, 2000                                            2.66             2.65
Households with persons under 18, percent, 2000                      39.3%             39.1%
Median household income, 1999                                       $38,799        $42,433
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                 13.7%             13.0%
                                                                  Carroll
                      Geography QuickFacts                        County        Georgia
Land area, 2000 (square miles)                                          499         57,906
Persons per square mile, 2000                                         174.9            141.4
Metropolitan Area                                                    Atlanta, GA MSA
     Coweta County, Georgia

                                                                  Coweta
                        People QuickFacts                         County       Georgia
Population, 2001 estimate                                           94,571     8,383,915
Population percent change, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2001                  4.9%            1.9%
Population, 2000                                                    89,215     8,186,453
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                             65.7%        26.4%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                              8.2%            7.3%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                            28.7%        26.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                          8.5%            9.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                     78.9%        65.1%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                 18.0%        28.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)          0.2%            0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                      0.7%            2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)              Z          0.1%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                  1.2%            2.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                    1.0%            1.4%
Female persons, percent, 2000                                        50.5%        50.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 (b)               3.1%            5.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000          77.2%        62.6%
High school graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000      81.6%        78.6%
College graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000          20.6%        24.3%
Housing units, 2000                                                 33,182     3,281,737
Homeownership rate, 2000                                             78.0%        67.5%
Households, 2000                                                    31,442     3,006,369
Persons per household, 2000                                            2.81           2.65
Households with persons under 18, percent, 2000                      44.3%        39.1%
Median household income, 1999                                      $52,706       $42,433
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                  7.8%        13.0%
                                                                  Coweta
                      Geography QuickFacts                        County       Georgia
Land area, 2000 (square miles)                                         443        57,906
Persons per square mile, 2000                                         201.4        141.4
Metropolitan Area                                                   Atlanta, GA MSA
     Douglas County, Georgia

                                                                  Douglas
                        People QuickFacts                         County        Georgia
Population, 2001 estimate                                            96,006     8,383,915
Population percent change, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2001                  3.6%            1.9%
Population, 2000                                                     92,174     8,186,453
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                             29.6%         26.4%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                              7.3%            7.3%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                            27.6%         26.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                          7.5%            9.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                     77.3%         65.1%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                 18.5%         28.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)          0.4%            0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                      1.2%            2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)               Z         0.1%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                  1.2%            2.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                    1.4%            1.4%
Female persons, percent, 2000                                        50.9%         50.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 (b)               2.9%            5.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000          75.9%         62.6%
High school graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000      81.9%         78.6%
College graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000          19.2%         24.3%
Housing units, 2000                                                  34,825     3,281,737
Homeownership rate, 2000                                             74.8%         67.5%
Households, 2000                                                     32,822     3,006,369
Persons per household, 2000                                            2.78           2.65
Households with persons under 18, percent, 2000                      42.9%         39.1%
Median household income, 1999                                       $50,108       $42,433
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                  7.8%         13.0%
                                                                  Douglas
                      Geography QuickFacts                        County        Georgia
Land area, 2000 (square miles)                                         199         57,906
Persons per square mile, 2000                                         463.2         141.4
Metropolitan Area                                                   Atlanta, GA MSA
     Haralson County, Georgia

                                                                  Haralson
                        People QuickFacts                          County        Georgia
Population, 2001 estimate                                            26,255      8,383,915
Population percent change, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2001                   1.7%          1.9%
Population, 2000                                                     25,690      8,186,453
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                              17.0%         26.4%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                               6.8%          7.3%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                             26.1%         26.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                          13.0%          9.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                      93.0%         65.1%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                   5.4%         28.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)           0.3%          0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                       0.3%          2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)                Z       0.1%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                   0.2%          2.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                     0.8%          1.4%
Female persons, percent, 2000                                         51.2%         50.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 (b)                0.6%          5.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000           92.6%         62.6%
High school graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000       63.0%         78.6%
College graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000            9.0%         24.3%
Housing units, 2000                                                  10,719      3,281,737
Homeownership rate, 2000                                              75.1%         67.5%
Households, 2000                                                      9,826      3,006,369
Persons per household, 2000                                            2.58           2.65
Households with persons under 18, percent, 2000                       37.7%         39.1%
Median household income, 1999                                       $31,656        $42,433
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                  15.5%         13.0%
                                                                  Haralson
                      Geography QuickFacts                         County        Georgia
Land area, 2000 (square miles)                                          282         57,906
Persons per square mile, 2000                                          91.1          141.4
Metropolitan Area                                                        None
     Paulding County, Georgia

                                                                  Paulding
                        People QuickFacts                          County        Georgia
Population, 2001 estimate                                            89,734      8,383,915
Population percent change, July 1, 2000-July 1, 2001                   8.0%           1.9%
Population, 2000                                                     81,678      8,186,453
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000                              96.3%         26.4%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000                               9.4%           7.3%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000                             30.7%         26.5%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000                           5.9%           9.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                      90.6%         65.1%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a)                   7.0%         28.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a)           0.3%           0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a)                                       0.4%           2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2000 (a)                Z        0.1%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a)                   0.6%           2.4%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000                     1.2%           1.4%
Female persons, percent, 2000                                         50.0%         50.8%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 (b)                1.7%           5.3%
White persons, not of Hispanic/Latino origin, percent, 2000           89.6%         62.6%
High school graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000       80.8%         78.6%
College graduates, persons 25 years and over, percent, 2000           15.2%         24.3%
Housing units, 2000                                                  29,274      3,281,737
Homeownership rate, 2000                                              86.8%         67.5%
Households, 2000                                                     28,089      3,006,369
Persons per household, 2000                                            2.89           2.65
Households with persons under 18, percent, 2000                       49.5%         39.1%
Median household income, 1999                                       $52,161        $42,433
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999                                   5.5%         13.0%
                                                                  Paulding
                      Geography QuickFacts                         County        Georgia
Land area, 2000 (square miles)                                          313         57,906
Persons per square mile, 2000                                         261.0          141.4
Metropolitan Area                                                   Atlanta, GA MSA
                              SOURCES OF DATA


BANK DEPOSITS
    Deposits in Financial Institutions, 1996-2001. Unpublished information from
    Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development, University of Georgia.

COVERED EMPLOYMENT, WAGES
    Georgia Employment and Wages, 2000, 2001. Georgia Department of Labor

FARMS AND FARM LAND
    Unpublished information from Center for Agribusiness & Economic
    Development, University of Georgia.

HOUSING PERMITS AND VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION
    Construction Reports. U.S. Department of Commerce

LABOR FORCE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
    County Labor Force Estimates. Georgia Department of Labor

NAICS EMPLOYMENT, FIRMS
     County Business Patterns, 2000. Census Bureau

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
     Unpublished information from Center for Agribusiness & Economic
     Development, University of Georgia.

MEDIAN INCOME, POVERTY RATES
     Median Household Income by County: Georgia 1999. Census Bureau
     Poverty Rates by County: Georgia 1999. Census Bureau

PERSONAL INCOME AND EARNINGS, TOTAL EMPLOYMENT
    Regional Economic Information System, 1969-2000.
    Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

POPULATION
    Census of Population, Census Bureau
    Regional Economic Information System, 1969-2000.
    Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
    Unemployment Insurance Claimants. Georgia Department of Labor
              Online Version of This Booklet
                           and
  Updated Economic and Demographic Information for
Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding Counties


                  Available on the Web at
            www.westga.edu/~econ/county.html



                       Presented by
   Department of Economics and Richards College of Business
               State University of West Georgia.




                 For more information, contact:

                  David Boldt or Michael Raper
                   Department of Economics
                    Phone: (770) 836-6477
        E-Mail: dboldt@westga.edu or mraper@westga.edu

				
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