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WHAT WHAT MAKES MAKES GAINESVILLEGAINESVILLEHALL COUNTY HALL COUNTY GREAT? GREAT?

• HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR LAKES IN THE COUNTRY

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It’s an exciting time for Gainesville and Hall County. Years of planning, construction, visionary ideas and community leadership have come to life with the completion of major projects changing our landscape and everyday lives. Downtowns are buzzing. Business is booming. Our medical community is top-notch. And lake life is a luxury enjoyed by all. Gainesville-Hall County. Come join the renaissance.

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HALL COUNTY, GEORGIA Hall County, Georgia, is Northeast Georgia’s center for industry, health care, banking and culture, located 45 miles northeast of Atlanta, the South’s largest city. Interstate 985 connects Hall County to Interstate 85, providing ease of transportation and accessibility to markets. Residents have easy, quick access to the University of Georgia in Athens, as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Emory University and Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

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At-a-glance The Gainesville-Hall County Community Magazine is produced by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. This edition was produced in August 2022 and some information may have changed since publication. We welcome your recommendations for future issues. Call 770-532-6206 or visit us at greaterhallchamber.com

Magazine designed for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce by The Times

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About Gainesville & Hall County

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Communities

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Lake Lanier

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Chelsea Sunshine April Seymour Claudette Keeley

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Jessica Shirley Megan Lewis Jenna Wellborn

Culture & Leisure Vision 2030

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Housing Economic Development

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WELCOME TO Gainesville-Hall County So what’s your pleasure? Because there’s a good chance that whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Gainesville-Hall County. If you enjoy lake living, Georgia’s largest body of water, 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, hugs 700 miles of shoreline, much of it in Hall. Dozens of parks, boat ramps and campsites are dotted along its shores, including Lanier Islands resort, Don Carter State Park and Lake Lanier Olympic Park, site of the rowing and canoe-kayak events from the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Prefer the mountains? Just to the north, you’ll find the foothills of the Appalachians and the Chattahoochee National Forest, offering hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, camping and scenic locales.

Closer to home, there is a Gainesville campus of the Atlanta Botanical Garden with its winding paved trails through woodland scenes and past flowering plants, and just south of town is the Elachee Nature Science Center with miles of hiking and cycling and a focus on conservation. Are you more of a fan of urban cultured life? The Arts Council provides musical performances, and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and local universities feature galleries of artwork. Museums add to the offerings with their share of history, science and education. Higher learning universities, including the University of North Georgia, Brenau University and Lanier Technical College, act GREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

as economic engines and bring additional learning and cultural opportunities for neighboring residents. If your preference is dining and shopping, town squares in Gainesville and other municipalities include an array of locally owned shops, restaurants and services within a short stroll. All this and more is available an hour’s drive from Atlanta and Athens, epicenters for pro and college sports fans and with more cultural offerings and the world’s busiest international airport. Hall County has a population reaching 220,000 as one of Georgia’s fastest growing, most diverse and successful counties. The area’s jobless rate has ranked among the state’s lowest for years, sparked by a diverse economic base that includes agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and health care services as the largest employers. Additional housing is coming online including both single-family and apartment residences. Whether you’re looking to relocate or just visit, there is no better place to spend your time than Gainesville-Hall County, Georgia.

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Hospitality The City of Gainesville, county seat of Hall County, is located in Northeast Georgia, approximately 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and 100 miles southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. Gainesville is the largest of six cities in Hall County with a population of more than 40,000. As the business hub for Northeast Georgia, Gainesville’s daytime population is estimated in excess of 100,000. Lake Lanier and the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for Hall County’s varied mix of agricultural, industrial, healthcare and retail industries. Whether you’re here to work, play, visit or stay, you’ll find everything you need in Hall County. World-class sporting events, top-notch public and private schools, unmatched recreational opportunities, a thriving economy and the country’s friendliest residents are at home in Hall.

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Transportation Major highways z Interstate 985/GA 365, connects with I-85 at Suwanee z Interstate 85, south to Atlanta, north to Charlotte, N.C. z GA 400, connects Atlanta to Cumming, Dahlonega

Rail z Passenger: Amtrak Crescent, 116 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville, GA 30501, 800-872-7245, Opened 1910. amtrak.com/stations/gns z Freight: Norfolk-Southern Railway, CSX Transportation

Port z Port of Savannah, 250 miles z Port of Charleston, S.C., 300 miles z Port of Brunswick, 350 miles z Port of Jacksonville, Fla., 380 miles z Northeast Georgia Inland Port, Gainesville. Coming 2025.

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Gainesville-Hall County Located 45 minutes north of Atlanta and just south of the Appalachian Mountains, Hall County offers the perfect mix of natural beauty and economic opportunity for residents and visitors alike. Hall is bordered on its west side by Lake Lanier. The county’s 393-mile area includes eight cities — Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Lula, Clermont, Gillsville, Braselton and Buford.

Hall County Area: 393.7 square miles Founded: 1818, named for Dr. Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence and later governor of Georgia. County seat: Gainesville Government: Five-member Board of Commissioners elected by district, with elected chairman; four-year terms.

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Climate Average high temperature: 69.7 F Average low temperature: 50 F Average temperature: 59.85 F Average summer temperature: 76 F Average winter temperature: 46 F Average annual rainfall: 53.24 inches Average annual snowfall: 2 inches

Demographics z Population: 220,000 z Total housing units: 79,005 z High school graduate or higher: 79.2% z Median household income: $63,651

Business, labor z Number of paid employees: 104,210 z Workforce: 106,070 z Number of employer establishments: 4,725

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Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, 1137 Aviation Way, Gainesville, GA 30501, Code: GVL, 770-532-4136, gainesville.org/lee-gilmer-memorial -airport. Opened 1941. Consists of two runways, 4,001 feet and 5,500 feet long, with Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System and Instrument Landing System. Champion Aviation is the Airport Fixed Base Operator providing fueling, tie-down spaces and shared corporate aircraft storage. Lanier Flight Center provides flight training. Lanier Flight Center also provides self-serve 100LL aircraft fueling. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 62 miles, accessible via I-985 to I-85 South.

Motor freight/logistics More than 75 trucking companies serve the Gainesville-Hall County area.


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ABOUT Hall respects its past with an eye on the future

1818 Hall County forms, named for Declaration of Independence signer Lyman Hall

Hall County 1800 history

1821 City of Gainesville chartered, named for War of 1812 hero Gen. Edward P. Gaines

1829 Georgia gold rush

Manufacturing, health care, service and tourism also play large roles in the county economy. Lake Lanier hugs much of the county’s border, offering beauty and tourism opportunities along with a key source of water for the entire region. Proximity to the Appalachian foothills provides the region with a distinct identity and pace separate from that of metro Atlanta. The region is steeped in history. From the Native Americans and early settlers who once lived among the rolling hills to the thriving population in the metro area today, Gainesville-Hall County has been a regional transportation and trade center for two centuries since Hall County was formed in 1818 and Gainesville was chartered in 1821. During the 19th century, GainesvilleHall experienced economic booms created by 1851 Fire destroys much of Gainesville

1936 Tornado strikes Gainesville

1941 Jesse Jewell builds Gainesville’s first chicken processing plant

1996 Gainesville is rowing and canoe/kayak venue for the Olympic Games

1871 Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad opens

1937 & 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Gainesville; Roosevelt Square named in honor

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2013 Merger forms University of North Georgia

2022 Gainesville Renaissance building opens on square

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1900 1849 Gainesville becomes a resort center

2004 Gainesville-Hall County designated as metropolitan statistical area

1957 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructs Sidney Lanier

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2000 Atlanta Falcons relocate headquarters to Flowery Branch

2005 Vision 2030 unveiled

2018 New Lanier Tech campus opens

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Situated just north of Atlanta, Hall County offers the best of many worlds. A growing population provides an energy to the region that’s long been a hub for industry. Gainesville-Hall County’s designation as a metropolitan statistical area illustrates how the area’s growing, tax-diverse economy offers many jobs for people in Northeast Georgia. Area Development Magazine included Gainesville-Hall County among its cities for “Year-After-Year Growth.” Area Development and CNBC named Gainesville, along with the rest of the state, the best place to do business. That diverse business community includes health care, as Gainesville serves as a nexus for medical care in the region. Food processing largely focused in the poultry industry gives the city of Gainesville the accolade of “Poultry Capital of the World.”

the 1829 Georgia gold rush, the coming of the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad in 1871 and Gainesville’s fame as the great health resort in the south due to area springs. Hall County’s fertile fields also grew the area as an agricultural leader, especially for cotton. Gainesville-Hall County’s 20th century economy was driven by the textile, lumber and poultry industries. That century also saw the Army Corps of Engineers build Lake Lanier in the 1950s, home to the canoe/ kayak and rowing events during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic games. While Gainesville-Hall County’s population continues to increase, the area embraces a rich cultural heritage and small-town Southern charm. A thriving economy, high quality of life and abundant recreational opportunities offer Gainesville-Hall County residents, businesses and visitors a dynamic and progressive environment that is rich in amenities, opportunities and scenic beauty.


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Downtown Gainesville

COMMUNITIES Gainesville-Hall County Gainesville

Population: 47,000 Government: Five-member City Council and elected mayor As Hall’s county seat, Gainesville serves as the business, government and cultural center of the region even as the county’s other cities have grown and developed their own identities. A surge in residential and commercial growth has pushed the city’s population past 47,000, with further expansion expected in the coming decade. Gainesville began as a small trading village called Mule Camp Springs. The city charter was founded in 1821, the city named for Edmund P. Gaines, a general in the War of 1812. Gainesville has suffered its share of triumph and tragedy over the years but has bounced back strong each time. Following a deadly tornado in 1936, President

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Franklin D. Roosevelt visited to witness the devastation and returned two years later to find a city rebuilt and renewed. That spirit of renewal has continued over the years in a city now known for its commercial and business success, manufacturing, the arts and a vibrant downtown square bustling with shops and restaurants to entice visitors. Gainesville became known on the world stage during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, when an NBC sportscaster christened the city as “the hospitality capital of the world.” The downtown square is growing with a brand-new mixed-use development, Gainesville Renaissance, bringing more restaurant, retail and office space as well as condominiums. The development also expands Brenau University’s presence on the square with a new psychology school in addition to other health care programs offered in the neighboring Brenau 770-532-6206

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Downtown Center. Other notable housing developments recently locating in downtown Gainesville include apartments and more retail and restaurant space near the end of a pedestrian bridge that is the gateway from downtown into the city’s midtown area. Midtown Gainesville has been characterized as an industrial area in the past but is now seeing residential and business growth, including planned Midland Gainesville apartments near the Midtown Greenway, a multi-use path winding through the area that is part of the Highlands to Islands Trail, a growing countywide trail network. Along Gainesville’s historic Green Street, nestled amid a canopy of towering trees, are historic homes that are the site of many businesses. The city offers an art scene, including performances by the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and exhibits at the Quinlan


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Visual Arts Center, and culture with museums including Northeast Georgia History Center, the Historic Piedmont Hotel, founded by Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, and the Beulah Rucker Museum, honoring a pioneer in education of Black students. 300 Henry Ward Way 770-535-6860, gainesville.org

Braselton

Downtown Gainesville Buford

Population: 15,522 Government: Three-member Board of Commissioners and city manager Buford sits on the Hall-Gwinnett line with residents, employees and students from both counties. Founded in 1872 as a railroad depot, it sits at the southern tip of Lake Lanier at Buford Dam and along the key arteries of Interstates 985 and 85 between Gainesville and Atlanta. Buford also operates an independent school system, with the Buford High Wolves claiming numerous state sports championships.

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The Buford City Park includes tennis and basketball courts, as well as baseball, softball and soccer fields. The Buford Community Center includes banquet and meeting space and a theater. 2300 Buford Highway 770-945-6761, cityofbuford.com

Clermont

Population: 1,050 Government: Five-member Town Council and elected mayor Clermont was originally known as “Dip” and dates back to 1820. It was founded as a town in 1913 and is located in the rural northern part of Hall County. For more than a century, Clermont served as an educational hub. In 1901, the Chattahoochee School was established offering boarding in the nearby dormitory. The cornerstone was from the original dormitory built in 1905, according to the Clermont Historical Society. A school bell from the early 1900s now occupies a brick tower overlooking the town plaza. Clermont celebrates its history in its annual Clermont Days festival each fall, which includes vendors, a parade, live music and fireworks. 109 King St. 770-983-7568, clermontga.com

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Population: 15,000 Government: Four-member city council and elected mayor Braselton spans four counties, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson. This quirky characteristic is observed by a monument in the Mulberry Riverwalk park where the four counties converge. The park also offers a walking path, picnic area and gardens. The town has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, with retirement communities, medical offices and restaurants still popping up following the opening of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in 2015. Visitors can enjoy a road race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta or ride a trolley downtown. Château Élan resort attracts more than half a million visitors per year to its awardwinning winery, inn, spa, golf courses and fine dining. Downtown Braselton hosts several special events and has a park with a playground, pavilion and tennis courts. 4982 Ga. Highway 53 706-654-3915, braselton.net


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Flowery Branch

Population: 10,000 Government: Five-member City Council and elected mayor Founded in 1874, Flowery Branch is located less than an hour northeast of Atlanta, the small town still delivers the perks of small town life with the conveniences of a large city. Privately owned restaurants, a few antique shops and several parks and major retailers are nearby. The town is one of only 32 in the nation that can claim it is home to a National Football League team’s headquarters. The Atlanta Falcons’ training facility is located in Flowery Branch and open to visitors during preseason training camp, which begins in July. Downtown Flowery Branch offers a museum tour of a historic train caboose, late 1800s style architecture, shopping and a few eateries. The place was referred to by Native Americans as “Nattagaska,” translated as “Blossom Creek.” The city’s downtown is going through a renaissance, with new housing, a farmers market pavilion and new city park. Its dining scene includes fine dining with contemporary Southern food and locally grown ingredients as well as woodfired pizza and craft beer. Fish Tales Lakeside Grill is located near downtown on the lake, offering fresh seafood, a full service bar and a view of Lake Lanier. New neighborhoods also are springing up, with apartments and retail near Interstate 985. Flowery Branch’s continued growth rate has made the town desirable to major corporations such as Mars Wrigley. City Hall, 5517 Main St., 770-967-6371, flowerybranchga.org

Oakwood

Population: 5,300 Government: Five-member City Council and elected mayor Oakwood has grown into a thriving community with over 60% of its growth coming in the last 15 years. In that time, businesses such as King’s Hawaiian along with restaurants and retailers have migrated to the small town in large numbers. City leaders plan for a growing popu-

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Flowery Branch lation with a vision for the town’s future called Oakwood 2030, which would offer a neighborhood village and a commercial center for the community. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, a hands-on children’s museum now based in Gainesville, is moving to downtown Oakwood. The city has been a haven for industrial growth, with its location on Interstate 985. The city is also trying to increase its housing stock, with projects including student housing around the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle, 770-534-2365, cityofoakwood.net

Gillsville

Population: 250 Government: Five-member City Council and elected mayor The small East Hall town of Gillsville is known for its ties to pottery. Its iconic Hewell’s Pottery shop began operating in 1850 as a family venture that continued over the years and is celebrated in an annual festival. It is believed to be one of the county’s first settlements, dating back to the late 1700s. It was originally known as Stonethrow and Cotter’s Store before taking on the 770-532-6206

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name of its first postmaster, Isaiah Gill, in 1832. In 1900, Gillsville experienced a large fire that destroyed four of the town’s six stores and its post office. However, one building downtown, believed to be a former general store, dates back to 1850 and has been well-preserved. City Hall, 6288 Ga. Highway 52, 770-869-9000, gillsvillega.com

Lula

Population: 3,100 Government: Five-member City Council and elected mayor Lula spans two counties, Hall and Banks, but most of the town’s residents live in Hall County. The city recently renovated its downtown depot to become an event space available for rent. Although the building was established as a community center, not a railroad depot, it has become known as “the depot” because it sits along the city’s railroad tracks. The town has a total area of 2.8 square miles and was incorporated in 1876. The town was named for the daughter of railroad engineer Ferdinand Phinizy, though she actually spelled it as “Lulah.” City Hall, 6055 Main St., 770-869-3801, cityoflula.com


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Lake Lanier

LAKE LANIER Georgia’s Great Lake

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ake Sidney Lanier attracts over 12 million visitors a year for boating, swimming, fishing and other watersports, as well as camping, picnics and other activities in the dozens of parks along its shoreline. It’s also home to thousands of part-time and full-time residents who have built impressive homes by the lakeshore. The lake is a three-time recipient of the Army Corps of Engineers’ prestigious “Best Operated Lake of the Year” award, reflecting the quality of the maintenance and preservation of the lake and its environments. Though the lake also touches Gwinnett, Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties, most of its waters and shore are in Hall, and it serves as the signature destination and a key economic engine for the county. Only 45 minutes from Atlanta, it offers

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family recreation at its 46 parks and 100 small islands, as well as upscale resort living.

History The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the lake from farmland and valleys after building Buford Dam in 1956. It reached full pool three years later and since has served as a source of recreation, flood protection, navigation, hydropower, fish and wildlife management and drinking water for millions of Georgians.

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other family activities. Hall County Parks & Recreation also manages River Forks Park & Campground. Gainesville Parks & Recreation includes Longwood Park, Holly Park and Lanier Point Park on Lake Lanier. In addition, 10 marinas provide boat slips, fueling stations and restaurants for visitors enjoying a day on the lake. Sam.usace.army.mil

Lake Lanier Islands Lanier Islands, a world-class 1,500-acre resort, is located only 45 minutes from Atlanta and employs over 400 people. The resort offers visitor activities such as golf, horseback riding, hiking, wine cruises, and a white sand beach. Sunset Cove serves as a site for concerts and entertainment during the spring and sum-


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA mer. It includes more than 23,000 square feet of flexible event and meeting space ideal for conferences, retreats, reunions, corporate seminars and other events. Accommodations include 221-room Legacy Lodge, six-bedroom lakeside Villas, 30 lake houses and two campgrounds featuring both tent and RV sites. The resort features Margaritaville, which includes a water park, restaurants and a new RV resort, as well as the seasonal event Snow Island. A new 300-room hotel and conference center is in the works, expected to be completed by late 2024. The conference center would be 130,000-square-feet, including 45,000-square-feet in meeting space. The hotel would have multiple restaurants, two swimming pools, spa and boat dock for lake access. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford 770-945-8787, lanierislands.com

Georgia’s only state park on Lake Lanier opened in 2013, spanning 1,316 acres while offering cottages, tent, trailer and tent campsites, picnic shelters, boat ramps, docks, a beach and playground

Lake Lanier Olympic Park The world learned of Lanier’s beauty

when it was featured as the venue for rowing and canoe/kayak events in the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Olympic organizers created a facility at Clarks Bridge Park on the northern end of the lake that includes a boathouse, timing tower and grandstands. The lake was celebrated by competitors and visitors alike as one of the best competitive sprint venues for rowing and paddling, and has contin-

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Don Carter State Park

and a gift shop. Visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboards and aqua cycles, hike 4 miles of trails and fish along the lakeshore. 5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, 678-450-7726 800-864-7275 gastateparks.org/DonCarter


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Lake Lanier Olympic Park

ued to draw events and athletes ever since. It remains the most active venue from the 1996 Games still used for its original purpose and has served as host to several national and international events, including

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the National Canoe/Kayak Championships (1997, 2011, 2014, 2019), the National Rowing Championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2019), the 2016 Pan American Championships, U.S. and Canadian Team 770-532-6206

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Trials (2016, 2017), the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships (2018), the American Collegiate Rowing Association national championship (2018, 2019) and the American Canoe Association’s Canoe/ Kayak Sprint National Championships (2019). Also, more than 400 swimmers, nine Olympians and a paralympian participated in Swim Across America in 2021. A $17 million renovation project to renovate the boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park involves tearing the building down to its foundation and constructing a new facility that would be an event center in addition to a place where teams could store their boats and equipment. The main floor will be opened up for a tall ballroom that can seat up to 400 people or flex into three smaller meeting spaces. The building will have storage in the bottom level with workout space and locker rooms for teams. The main floor will include the high-ceiling ballroom, catering kitchen, a bridal suite and a covered out-


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door terrace area. The top floor will have offices and an executive board room with a fireplace, an option for business retreats or board meetings for those in the community The venue serves as permanent home to the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, an annual contender in national and international competitions, and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. The park is available to rent for weddings, festivals, sporting events, team building activities and board meetings. Visitors can learn to paddle or row during novice classes, join a team and train for competition, or rent a vessel and enjoy an afternoon on the water. The Olympic Tower and plaza have

been host to many sporting, social, civic and entertainment events. The plaza area can seat up to 2,000 people for various events. The boathouse can seat up to 125 people. The tower can seat up to 20 people. The park also includes picnic and beach areas, a boat ramp and dock. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville 855-536-1996 lakelanierolympicvenue.org/

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to feeder programs for the U.S. National Teams for flatwater racing in dragon boat and canoe/kayak. It hosts several programs and events each year that support local, regional, national and international flatwater programs. lckc.org

Lake Lanier Rowing Club The Lake Lanier Rowing Club is a world-class training, competition and membership organization on Lake Lanier, home to the 1996 Olympic Games. The club boasts one of the most prestigious rowing venues in the country with activities for everyone from novice to expert. lakelanierrowing.org

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hiking trails. The campus includes a visitors center, live animal exhibit, nature shop and Aquatics Studies Center at Chicopee Lake. Popular annual events include Snake Day, Raptor Fest, Trillium Trek, Stars over Elachee and Tree Day. 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville 770-535-1976, elachee.org

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Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville opened in 2015 on 168 acres donated by philanthropists Charles and Lessie Smithgall. Collections of trees, shrubs and flowers are grown and studied, all available for viewing on visitor walking trails. The site serves to expand the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s native plant and endangered plan conservation programs. The garden serves as a site of plant propagation and restoration and cooperative programs with environmental groups. Yearly programs include displays by topiary and other natu-

The vibrant landscape of Northeast Georgia offers a variety of outdoor recreation including hiking, golfing, youth athletics and fishing, to name just a few. Elachee Nature Science Center is a premier environmental education center located in the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, the county’s largest protected green space. The woodland habitat is home to hundreds of native plants and animal species viewable from 12 miles of

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ral artists. Also offered are adult classes, family programs and private rentals. A visitors center is available for various events, and a 2,000-seat amphitheater is host to several performance events during the year, including many big-name artists. Kids have their own space for outdoor play at the property’s Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden, which opened to the public in summer 2020. A winding path leads children into an enchanted forest guarded by two dragon sculptures. Kids are encouraged to let loose and enjoy the stone labyrinth, play fort, discovery stations and sights and smells of blooming flowers. 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville atlantabg.org/visit/gainesville Lake Lanier offers dozens of parks and other sites for day and overnight visitors. The Army Corps of Engineers oper-


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA ates 46 parks and 76 recreation areas that include boat ramps, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, picnic areas and playgrounds. The lake’s 10 marinas provide boat slips, fueling stations and restaurants. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands includes a beach, waterslides, wave pool, restaurants and live music and entertainment. Lanier Islands’ restaurants include Bullfrogs Bar & Grille, Sidney’s Restaurant, Paradise Cantina and LandShark Bar & Grill. Legacy on Lanier golf club offers 12 holes overlooking the lake. Horseback riding, RV sites, boat rentals, fishing, camping, hiking trails, mini golf, zip lining and spa treatments also are available. lanierislands.com

days, are offered throughout the year as well as a corn maze and hay rides in the fall. 5340 Cornelia Hwy, Alto jaemorfarms.com Don Carter State Park, Georgia’s only state park on Lake Lanier, covers 1,316 acres and includes 10.4 miles of shoreline, with hiking and biking trails, cabin rentals,

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camping sites, picnic shelters, boat ramps, docks, fishing, a beach, playground and a gift shop. Visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboards and aquacycles to travel the lake’s surface or hike 4 miles of walking trails. gastateparks.org/DonCarter Georgia State Parks offer other attractions a short ride from Hall County, including beautiful Amicalola Falls in Dawson County, with its 720-foot waterfall; Black Rock Mountain, with panoramic views and trails; and the Chattahoochee National Forest and Appalachian Trail areas of the North Georgia mountains, offering year-round natural getaways, scenic vistas and visitor accommodations.

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Gainesville Parks & Recreation is one of 10 nationally accredited agencies in the state, offering more than 450 acres of space, including parks, athletic fields, tennis courts playgrounds and several other facilities. The department also offers summer camps and a variety of programming for families throughout the year, including events like Trick or Treat on the Trail and an annual butterfly release. Hall County Parks & Recreation, meanwhile, operates 1,974 acres of space in 26 parks, three community centers, three dog parks, two amphitheaters and an RV park. Both departments also offer sports leagues for children as well as fitness programming for adults. hallcounty.org/308/Parks-Leisure 770-532-6206

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Jaemor Farms is a popular spot in northeast Hall for those looking for fresh Georgia peaches and other farm produce. A large open market offers a wide selection of locally grown products as well as soft serve ice cream and fried pies featuring the farms’ produce. Events, including U-pick

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Frances Meadows Aquatic Center The Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center in Gainesville includes 34,000 square feet of swimming area, including a 10-lane indoor competition pool with stadium seating for 300; a fourlane indoor instructional pool, ADA accessible with ramps; and seasonal waterpark with waterslides, a “lazy river” and spray fountains. Also available are a fitness and wellness centers, lounge, concessions, locker rooms and playground pavilion 1545 Community Way NE, Gainesville 770-533-5850, gainesville.org

A new youth sports complex, The Coop, is in the works, encompassing 89 acres off of Old Cornelia Highway in Gainesville. The space will have fields for baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, along with playgrounds, a pavilion and trails. Allen Creek Soccer Complex, a 54-acre site managed by Gainesville and Hall County, includes nine fields, including a Stadium Field with seating for 2,500, practice areas, concession and restroom

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facilities. 2500 Allen Creek Road, Gainesville, 770-535-8280 Gainesville Skate Park opened in summer 2020 just off the Midtown Greenway, a paved trail for cyclists, walkers and joggers looking for an urban setting. The skate park includes rails, drops, ramps and other features for all ages of skaters. 636 High St. W SW, Gainesville Engine 209 Park moved in summer 2021 and now features a playground, picnic tables, a boardwalk over a pond, a large mural and easy access to the train car, which was built in 1930 and operated until 1959. The park is located on the original route of the Gainesville Midland Railway. 878 Grove St., Gainesville For those wanting to stretch their legs in the woods, the Linwood Nature Preserve offers over 2 miles of trails in forest, meadow, creek and lake habitats. 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville 770-531-2680, gainesville.org/recreation


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Laurel Park on Lake Lanier is one of Hall County’s largest and most visited parks. It boasts a 350-foot-long mega boat ramp and offers amenities like a Splash Pad for children, a 1-mile paved walking trail, four baseball/softball fields, two tennis courts, three pavilions and various picnic sites. 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville Cherokee Bluffs Park encompasses 168 acres with meadows, streams and historic sites. It features an amphitheater, lodge for meetings and events, covered pavilion, bike trial, dog park, playground and many picnic areas. 5867 Blackjack Road, Flowery Branch 770-535-8280

ing, the park provides two Little Leaguesize baseball/softball fields, four tennis courts, one regulation track and two concession stands. 3911 P Davidson Road, Gainesville 678-450-1540 Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center is the site of numerous horse shows and

rodeos, dog shows, annual gardening expos along with nature trails and green space. 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville 770-531-6855 Butler Park near the southside of Gainesville will open in fall 2022. The park features a pavilion, playground, splash pad, amphitheater, basketball courts and a walk-

North Hall Park includes a community center, four baseball fields, batting cages, a track and a multipurpose field. The center holds two gymnasiums, a fitness center, meeting space, technology center, cafe and activity rooms. Programs, events, rentals and memberships are offered to residents throughout the year. 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville 770-535-8280 Mulberry Creek Community Center in South Hall is home to a fitness center, dance room, indoor walking track, two basketball courts and community meeting rooms that can hold 100-200 people. The park surrounding the facility includes a playground and dog park. 4491 JM Turk Road, Flowery Branch 770-965-7140 East Hall Community Center offers a 28,000-square-foot multipurpose space with a fitness center, indoor track, game room, dance room, two basketball courts and meeting rooms. Outside of the buildGREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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River Forks Park on Lake Lanier offers camping facilities, a beach, bike trails, RV hookups, fishing, picnic areas, a pavilion and boat ramps. It also offers an event and meeting space in the 112-acre park. 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville 770-531-3952

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The Highlands to Islands trail system is a multi-use system that connects the county north to south from Gainesville to Buford and east to west from Braselton to Lanier Islands. Portions of the trail remain under construction, but residents can already travel more than 20 miles east to west in the southern part of the county, and key portions connecting University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus all the way to downtown Gainesville are planned to be completed in 2023. The system already includes a popular downtown portion known as the Midland Greenway, which features parks along the path, including two with playgrounds and a dog park coming in 2022. highlandstoislands.org

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has a variety of golf courses within a short drive that are both scenic and challenging. Many wind their way around Lake Lanier, area rivers or the North Georgia mountains with signature holes for every level of play. Those looking for full golf vacations as part of the experience can reserve a full weekend with accommodations at Lanier Islands or Chateau Elan. Hall County Chattahoochee Golf Club Gainesville, 770-532-0066 gainesville.org Chicopee Woods Golf Course Gainesville, 770-534-7322 chicopeewoodsgolfcourse.com. Legacy Golf Club at Lanier Islands Buford, 678-318-7861 lanierislandsgolf.com. Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club Flowery Branch, 770-535-8800 royallakesgolfcc.com Chateau Elan Golf Club Braselton, 678-425-6050 chateauelan.com.


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Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is a kid-sized village unto itself where children can learn and play in a hands-on environment. Their make-believe world includes gaining experience as a banker, veterinarian, grocery clerk, doctor, dentist and other professions. The exhibits offer a fun setting for kids to learn about real-world roles in their community. In addition, INK holds regular workshops for arts and crafts and is available for birthdays and other celebrations or group outings. 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville 770-536-1900, inkfun.org

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For a casual but oh-so-delicious experience, order a gyro or falafel from Alpha Gyro Grill, a Greek-owned restaurant. Get more adventurous with a plate of moussaka or one of the pasta dishes or soups. 215 Jesse Jewell Parkway SE, Gainesville 678-696-8380, facebook.com/ alphagyrogrill

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Experience fine dining in Flowery Branch by visiting Antebellum, which resides in an 1890s style home in the city’s historic district. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu with ingredients from local farms, as well as traditional American dishes with a gourmet twist. Some of the menu items include cocoa-crusted duck breast, grilled salmon, wild farm greens and a local charcuterie and cheese board. 5510 Church St., Flowery Branch 770-965-8100, antebellumrestaurant.com Atlanta Highway Seafood Market is a popular seafood joint that features Cajun specialties like étouffée, gumbo and po’ boys. The restaurant’s adjoining fish market offers freshly caught seafood including crab, shrimp, scallops, mahi-mahi, gulf snapper and grouper. 227 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 770-287-8277, atlantahighwayseafood.com At Avocados, enjoy your meal along the sunny sidewalk of the Gainesville square or retreat inside to enjoy a fresh burger or skillfully fried chicken tenders. They also make a killer margarita. There’s an eclectic bar upstairs called Blue Door that features a DJ

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Embrace family, mariachi music and loads of flavor at Big Burritos Mexican Grill. Authentic Mexican dishes include enchiladas verdes, carne asada and birria de res, beef that’s been braised for hours in a “secret sauce.” 3652 Wallis Road, Oakwood 678-989-7214, facebook.com/bigburritosmexicangrill Open to the public daily inside the Chattahoochee Country Club, the Chattahoochee Grill offers an array of breakfast and brunch, lunch and dinner fare. Guests can make reservations, order for pickup or coordinate catering. Prime rib is available on Friday and Saturday with parmesan whipped potatoes and roasted asparagus au jus. 301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville 770-532 1173, info@chattahoocheegrill.com With a spotlight on the lomanto grape, Cloudland Vineyards and Winery boasts bright, complex red wines alongside a selection of whites and rosès. Guests can often find live music and artisan food vendors on site. 3796 N. Bogan Road, Buford 678-765-7945, www.facebook.com/cloudlandwines Travel back in time at The Collegiate Grill, which serves up one of the best hamburgers in town. Sizzling on the flattop in front of you with fries being cooked in oil nearby, a burger at The Collegiate is an American classic. Order one with a patty or GREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Behind the front window of the Main Street Market lies Cork It, a shop that offers a wide selection of wine and charcuterie boards. Those not wanting to purchase an entire bottle of wine can opt for a wine flight or order from the by-the-glass menu. 118 Main St. SW, Gainesville 770-545-6164, www.corkitgainesville.com Cotto, Italian for “cooked,” is slated to open in 2022 inside the Gainesville Renaissance development on the downtown square. The menu is expected to feature traditional dishes with modern twists, a wide variety of wines and Italianinspired cocktails. It shares ownership with Taqueria Tsunami, a Latin-Asian fusion eatery slated to open this fall on the development’s opposite end. 106 Spring St. NW, Gainesville Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub boasts more than 100 flavors of handcrafted ice cream infused with adult spirits. Nonalcoholic options will also be available. Slated to open in 2022. 21 Washington St., Gainesville daddyosicecream.com Downtown Drafts on the Gainesville square boasts a large rotating menu of area craft beer and wine. Guests can mingle with friends, order food from one of the downtown restaurants or play one of the many board games displayed near the front of the taproom. There’s also sidewalk seating outside and visitors can take growlers home with them 115 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville 678-943-2165, www.downtowndrafts.net

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Luna’s Fine Dining As the name suggests, Fish Tales offers seafood, including tuna poke nachos, clam strips and fried grouper fingers. There’s a sandbox for the kids and cold drinks for the adults all at a lakeside location. 6330 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch 770-967-3775, fishtaleslakelanier.com Not to be confused with Atlanta Highway’s other, older seafood market, Gainesville Seafood Market & Eatery blends world cultures with Cajun-flavored shrimp boils, Mexican-inspired fish tacos and crunchy tostadas. 1403 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 678-971-1977, gainesvilleseafoodmkt.com Harvest Kitchen is a Spanish tapas restaurant located off the main thoroughfare that invites visitors to enjoy the culture and tastes its owners fell in love with when doing mission work in Spain. You’ll find dishes like paella, seafood croquettes and charcuterie. And don’t miss the crispy Brussels sprouts. 601 S Enota Drive NE, Suite O, Gainesville 470-892-6918, harvestcateringco.com/ restaurant Hopscotch offers shareables on the downtown Gainesville square. The menu changes with the season but features dishes ranging from Tater Tots to sprouts and 770-532-6206

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Standard Service serves up pork, beef and chicken sandwiches with their house sauce. Sides include Brunswick stew, baked beans and slaw. They sell their meats by the pound and their sides by the gallon. 1710 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville 770-536-2100 , johnnysbbq.co Kelley’s Tavern & Grill features a bar and patio area staging live entertainment and cornhole tournaments. The menu includes something for everyone, with build your own burger, hot dog or even plant-based selections. 628 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville facebook.com/kelleystavern Liquid Nation Brewing Co. invites people to indulge in a full taproom of beer brewed on-site. From IPAs to Europeanstyle ales, the brewery has a bit of everything to please all walks of beer lovers. It is located inside a historic building in Chicopee Mills.

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2100 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 678-827-6678, liquidnationbrewing.com Looking for some good ol’ Southern comfort food? Longstreet Cafe has you covered. The longtime staple is the place to go if you’re looking for a meat-and-three. Expect to find fried foods like chicken tenders and hefty sides like macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. Don’t forget your sweet tea and banana pudding. 1043 Riverside Terrace, Gainesville 770-287-0820, longstreetcafe.com Luna’s is a mainstay located in the Hunt Tower off the Gainesville square that features a refined dining experience and a traditionally American menu with dishes such as grilled pork chop with whipped sweet potatoes or salmon with basmati rice and vegetables. Don’t miss the piano bar. 200 Main St. SW, Gainesville 770-531-0848, lunas.com Born in north Forsyth County from 770-532-6206

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Located on the downtown Gainesville square, Recess Southern Gastro Pub offers trendy Southern foods along with classic pub fare like burgers and fish and chips. along with an inventive cocktail menu. 118 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville 678-450-0444, recesspub.com Scott’s Downtown keeps a polished dinner menu with a range of premium steak and seafood dishes and a few Southern classics. The restaurant also provides an extensive cocktail menu for those wanting to kick back and unwind after work. 131 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville 770-536-1111, scottsdowntown.com

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Located inside Gainesville Marina, Skogies offers outdoor and indoor dining and a menu featuring seafood and its signature grouper sandwich. Skogies also delivers food out to boats docking at the marina. It’s open seasonally. 2151 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 678-450-1310, skogieslakefrontrestaurant.us A former fueling station turned gastropub, Standard Service offers self-serve beers, snacks and shareables. Doors roll up to connect the space to the outdoors. 400 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville standardservicega.com Set in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fruit wines are Sweet Acre Farms Winery’s specialty. Guests can settle into a rocking chair on the expansive porch and enjoy country-style blends. 4584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto 678-769-5355, www.sweetacrefarms.com Sweet Magnolias creates a daily buzz inside downtown Gainesville’s Main Street Market as those hungry for lunch stream in to order at the counter. Its menu features an array of straightforward sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods 118 Main St. SW, Gainesville 678-862-0254 Those who visit Tap It Gainesville Growlers can lounge inside the downtown

Gainesville Seafood Market & Eatery taproom or on the rooftop patio with a pint of craft beer or glass of wine in hand, or grab a growler to go. The locale also hosts local musicians several times a week. 110 Maple St., Gainesville 678-421-3312, www.tapitgrowler.com Taqueria Tsunami will be a contemporary fusion restaurant specializing in LatinAsian cuisine inspired by the Los Angeles food truck scene, including hand-crafted tacos. Slated to open inside the Gainesville Renaissance in 2022. 106 Spring St., Gainesville taqueriatsunami.com GREATER HALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

YellowFin spotlights seafood, with dishes like bang bang shrimp tacos and crab cakes. There are also options for the land farers. It’s located next to its sister restaurant Recess just off the downtown square. 120 Bradford St. NW, Gainesville 678-450-4225, yellowfingv.com Zen Ramen & Sushi Burrito is the only Japanese restaurant in downtown Gainesville and serves up its namesake with filling choices including tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab and vegetable options. 115 Washington St. NE, Gainesville 678-696-5739

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Green Street Historic District Heritage and history Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University is a nonprofit museum dedicated to the display and preservation of historical artifacts from the region. Its grounds include the American Freedom Garden, White Path Cabin, ongoing and changing exhibits and monthly programs and Family Days that bring the past alive. 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville 770-297-5900, negahc.org Brenau University offers its historical perspective with buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including Pearce Auditorium, a Victorian theater with a stunning ceiling fresco built in 1887 that serves as a venue for concerts, theater productions and community gatherings. 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville 770-534-6299, brenau.edu Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville is the historical resting place for two Georgia governors and many other dig-

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nitaries and notables, including longtime Gainesville resident and Confederate War Gen. James Longstreet, right-hand man to Gen. Robert E. Lee. Longstreet settled in Gainesville in the late 19th century and managed the Piedmont Hotel, which has been fully restored by the Longstreet Society as a museum, meeting place and site for various events. Alta Vista Cemetery, 521 Jones St. Gainesville, gainesville.org The historic Piedmont Hotel has hosted many famous guests since its opening in 1876 including former President Woodrow Wilson and former First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson. Gen. James Longstreet owned and operated the hotel for nearly 20 years after the Civil War. It was known as a summer resort and boasted three stories and 36 rooms. Today people can visit the hotel which now contains a library, museum room, meeting room and the Woodrow Wilson room where the former president’s daughter Jesse was born. 770-532-6206

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Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St., Gainesville, 770-539-9005 Longstreetsociety.org Poultry Park just off Gainesville’s downtown honors the area’s signature industry with a garden and statuary. The park is a tribute to the poultry industry that earned Gainesville the title of “Poultry Capital of the World.” Poultry Park, Jesse Jewell Parkway at Academy Street, Gainesville Gainesville’s past is on display on the Green Street Historic District, included on the National Register of Historic Places, featuring 19th and 20th century Victorian and Neoclassical homes, many having been converted to local businesses. The Beulah Rucker Museum is designed to honor the life of Beulah Rucker, a Black woman who devoted her life to educating children. She established the Industrial School off of Athens


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Highway in Gainesville during the early 1900s when many Black students weren’t allowed to attend school. The building is now home of the Beulah Rucker Museum, which is dedicated to preserving Rucker’s legacy and African American history. This landmark is the first museum to focus on African American heritage in Gainesville and North Georgia. 2101 Athens Highway, Gainesville 470-525-5002, beulahruckermuseum.org

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Brenau University university’s permanent exhibits in 1986. The Manhattan Gallery in the Brenau University Downtown Center includes 100 works from the collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, well-known New York art collectors. Among the permanent pieces

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in the exhibit are photographs and prints by artist Andy Warhol. Brenau’s Trustee Library includes a permanent display of artifacts and memorabilia in partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The display of items from the Rwanda home of the famed primate conservationist is available free to the public and to school and community groups. Simmons Visual Arts Center 200 Blvd., Gainesville John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts 429 Academy St., Gainesville Manhattan Gallery, Brenau University Downtown Center 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville Galleries.brenau.edu The University of North Georgia is host to multiple exhibits in the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Building on the Gainesville campus. Its displays include multiple events yearly, offering public exposure to art students, faculty and visitors. 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood ung.edu The Gainesville Theater Alliance combines the artistic support and talents of Brenau, University of North Georgia and the local arts community. Its calendar pro-

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Brenau University includes four art gallery spaces, a permanent art collection and performance venues. The John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts offers modern, spacious facilities for dance, music, theater and other performing arts. The center includes the Hosch Theatre and the Leo Castelli Art Gallery. The Sellars Gallery in the Simmons Visual Arts Center and Presidents Gallery are host to art exhibits donated over the years or gathered by longtime president Burd, who established the


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Quinlan Visual Arts Center vides a full season of classic and contemporary theater productions that inspire, educate and entertain. It also allows Brenau and UNG students and faculty to work side by side with professional designers, choreographers and performers in creating acting, sets, music and dance productions. 678-717-3624, GainesvilleTheatreAlliance.org The Gainesville Ballet Company is a cultural beacon promoting the appreciation, study and performance of dance to a diverse audience. Its School of Ballet has taught the art to thousands of children and adults since its founding in 1969. Classes include instruction in tap, jazz and hiphop and include Brenau dance majors as instructors. Graduates have become professional dancers, instructors, choreographers, arts administrators and studio owners with companies in New York, Atlanta and around the Southeast. 615-F Oak St., Gainesville. School, 770-534-628 Box office, 678-769-8493 gainesvilleballet.org

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The Arts Council Quinlan Visual Arts Center is Northeast Georgia’s largest center devoted to visual arts. Located in the Green Street Historic District, it has grown from its humble roots as the Gainesville Arts Association founded in 1947 to a full-service center offering galleries of rotating exhibitions of original works. The Quinlan also offers a full schedule of painting, drawing, assorted media and sculpture classes and workshop for all ages. 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville 770-536-2575, quinlanartscenter.org 770-532-6206

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The Arts Council’s Smithgall Arts Center is housed in a former railroad depot built in 1914. It provides a series of musical performances, visual art exhibits and independent films along with other special programs. People can now enjoy the center’s new 6,300-square-foot outdoor stage and pavilion, which provides a venue for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and outdoor concerts. 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville 770-534-2787, theartscouncil.net


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ision 2030 is a coordinated group of volunteers leading long-term initiatives, defined by the citizens. Acting as change agents, the group champions these initiatives and propels them forward through collaborative partnerships with government, education, business and nonprofits. Learn more at www.Vision2030. org. Vision 2030 has 12 working committees that concentrate on the community’s long-term initiatives, or Big Ideas, and making them a reality.

WELCOME INITIATIVE The Vision 2030 Inclusion and Next Gen Hall Co committees want to ensure people who live, work and play in Hall County feel welcome and get connected.

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Highlands to Islands Trail With their direction, a “welcome initiative” video was produced and is available for human resource departments, neighborhoods and subdivisions or individuals. To view the video, go to www.Vision2030.org or search Welcome to Gainesville and Hall County on YouTube.

NEXT GEN HALL CO Every generation wants an opportunity to “create their hometown,” or be a part of envisioning the future. This newer committee within Vision 2030 gathers 20- to 40-year-old community members and leaders in social gatherings. These gatherings also focus on different areas and projects within the county. Together with the Vision 2030 Inclusion Committee of family and friends, the gatherings bring together residents across racial, ethnic and thought lines.

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and old alike in Hall County. Wisdom Project 2030 leverages individuals age 55 and wiser to use their skills, expertise and initiative for meaningful, personal involvement and impactful community improvement. Learn more at www. WisdomProject2030.org. The Education Consortium focuses on seventh graders through the Career Path Fair. With the help of the Hall County and Gainesville City Schools and collegiate partners, University of North Georgia — Gainesville, Lanier Technical College and Brenau University, all seventh graders have a chance to learn about careers from businesses and manufacturers. This effort prepares them to choose their high school career path in the eighth grade.

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munity. This vibrant committee has seen over a million dollars invested through private and public collaboration. Public art projects include murals, sculptures, free range art, bottle trees and much more. This committee puts on an annual outdoor block party selling original art for $100 or less to engage new art lovers and engage the community.

GREENSPACE Since all land is destined to be developed to be something, the Greenspace Committee wants to see a proactive effort for green infrastructure. With government and private partnerships, this group is working to see parks, recreation areas and raw land evenly distributed throughout the county. The Highlands to Islands Trail is one of their biggest efforts. Learn more at www.highlandstoislands. org.


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ducation is a vital link to GainesvilleHall County’s growing economic base as well as quality of life for its residents. The Hall County and Gainesville school systems are expanding their facilities and classroom offerings to meet a growing, diverse student population that continues to increase with the influx of more residential areas. More than 35,000 students are enrolled in the two systems. Nine private schools also provide parents with different options and disciplines, from faith-based to military or purely academic pursuits. Business and industry leaders in Gainesville-Hall County are working with educators from K-12 and colleges to develop apprenticeships, WorkBased Learning programs and dual enrollment as components of a major workforce development initiative.

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•750+ Dual Enrolled students (440 students at Ivester Early College); 2,500 units earned (1,580 units earned at Ivester Early College) •775+ students involved in Work-Based Learning and apprenticeship experiences. The Hall County School District would like to thank all stakeholders and partners for their support in providing these opportunities for our students.

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Gainesville Middle School West Public schools Hall County Schools continues to grow with the county, now with 27,000 students enrolled at seven traditional high schools, eight middle schools, 20 elementary schools, a nontraditional high school that focuses on career development, a high school providing a dual enrollment experience and a remedial school. The system employs more than 2,000 certified staff members and 1,400 classified employees across the county. The rigorous and globally recognized International Baccalaureate program is available at three schools, including West Hall, Johnson and North Hall high schools. The district has 13 magnet schools, offers 21 programs of choice and 40-plus career pathways providing students with unique learning experiences relevant to their interests, talents and future. A dual-enrollment high school called Howard E. Ivester Early College works in partnership with the University of North Georgia, Brenau University and Lanier Technical College to help students get a

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head start on higher education. A 51-acre Agriculture Business Center offers students hands-on experience in agriculture and animal husbandry. A meat processing center is planned on the same property, with the goal of providing some of the school system’s animal protein needs. The school system is planning for growth and opened a new middle school building in 2022. Four new elementary school buildings are also being planned. 711 Green St., Gainesville 770-534-1080, hallco.org Gainesville City Schools is recognized for being one of the first charter districts in Georgia. Each school provides core knowledge instruction while offering focused enrichment through an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, math, language, global studies and leadership. Gainesville enrolls more than 8,000 students in six elementary schools, two campuses of Gainesville Middle School and Gainesville High School, home of the state-renowned Red Elephant athletic 770-532-6206

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teams. Gainesville City’s elementary schools offer parent choice with open enrollment in one of two school clusters. The system opened its second middle school in 2022. The Gainesville High School campus recently expanded with a 2020 project that brought a new Advanced Studies Center dedicated to Career, Technology and Agricultural Education, a new cafeteria, kitchen and media center, student activities center and additional three-story classroom building. Gainesville High School also houses The Hub, a centralized area where students and families across Gainesville City and Hall County can receive academic and workforce guidance, mental and behavioral health assistance and daily basic needs such as food and clothing. 508 Oak St., Gainesville 770-536-5275, gcssk12.net

Private Schools Established in 1907, Riverside Military Academy provides Gainesville-Hall County an average annual economic impact of



GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA $35 million from its cadets and their families. The latest class of the Gainesville boarding school for boys included about 300 cadets from 26 states and 24 nations. Many graduating cadets enroll in college and service institutions as well as join the military. Graduates collectively qualified for $3.9 million in meritbased scholarship money. Looking toward the future, Riverside is focusing more instructional attention on science, technology, engineering and math education, including a new robotics program. 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville 770-532-6251, riversidemilitary. com

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Lakeview Academy, an independent college preparatory school in Gainesville, enrolls around 550 students, serves students in grades Pre-K 3 through 12, and is accredited by SAIS-SACS. Extensive extracurricular activities including

award-winning fine arts, athletics and robotics are offered at all school levels. Lakeview Academy’s academic rigor begins in the Lower School and aims to provide a student-centered approach to enhance a deeper understanding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Academic rigor continues in the Middle School with emphasis on developing good study habits, selfadvocacy skills, independence, and technology competency. Lakeview Academy’s Upper School offers options to meet the needs of all learners seeking a college-bound experience. Offerings include several Advanced Placement classes and honors-level classes in all academic subjects. The Upper School faculty strive to challenge students in areas of critical thinking and analysis, enhanced writing techniques and problem-solving skills. Lakeview Academy’s class of

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA 2022 was offered more than $6.64 million in non-HOPE scholarships. Technology is an essential part of the school, from online classrooms and interactive boards to collaborative projects and advanced placement Computer Science courses. Lakeview Academy’s one-to-one laptop program is for students in 3rd through 12th grade and grades Pre-K 3 through second use iPads in a shared capacity. Students start using a laptop in kindergarten during their dedicated technology class. 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville 770-532-4383, Lakeviewacademy.com

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Elachee Nature Science Center operates Elachee Nature Academy, a naturebased and fully accredited preschool through second grade program, the first of its kind in Georgia and the Southeast. The private, tuition-based program is managed and operated by the Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville. Students highlight each day with exploration and play along the trails and streams

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA of the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and Elachee campus. 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville 770-535-1976, elachee.org Lanier Christian Academy provides an academically excellent, biblically based education for K-12 students. Enrollment has grown to 470 students, and the school is planning a $55-60 million expansion over the next three decades to accommodate as many as 1,200 students. Once the expansion is complete, Lanier Christian Academy will have its own 36-acre campus with two academic buildings, a competition gym, an arts center that doubles as a chapel, a multipurpose building and a football-soccer field. The fully accredited program through SACS and ACSI prepares students not only mentally but also physically, socially and spiritually for college and beyond. Lanier

Christian Academy offers both a traditional five-day model of schooling, as well as a UniversityModel option that combines the best attributes of traditional schooling and homeschooling. The school combines influences from academics, athletics and arts departments to provide “a Christ-centered education” for its students. 5285 Strickland Road, Flowery Branch, 678-828-8350, lanierchristianacademy.org Academy of Innovation and Ava White Tutorials is a private school dedicated to the remediation of specific learning disabilities for children in grades 1 through 12. The academy is accredited to the Georgia Accrediting Commission. 1399 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, 770-536-6898, aoiga.com Mountain Education Charter High School is a nontraditional high

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA school serving students in North Georgia. MECHS offers a unique opportunity to any student who wishes to earn an accredited Georgia high school diploma. MECHS has 18 campuses across North Georgia offering a full range of high school courses in a convenient, flexible self-paced format. All classes are held in the evening so students can work during the day and attend school at night. Tuition is free for students to enroll at MECHS full time. Graduates earn an official Georgia high school diploma and must have completed all state requirements for graduation, including all mandated state tests. MECHS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and all credits earned are transferable to any high school. 715 Woodsmill Road, 706-219-4664, mymec.org/sites/hall

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Colleges and universities Gainesville-Hall County’s three institutions of higher education — Brenau University, University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College — are at record high enrollment with more than 18,000 students. University of North Georgia offers more than 100 programs of study and confers thousands of degrees annually. UNG’s eco-

nomic impact on Northeast Georgia was more than $755 million during fiscal year 2021. UNG’s Gainesville campus has more than 6,800 students and offers 29 bachelor’s degree programs, 28 associate degree programs, three graduate degree programs and three certificate programs. In July 2021, the university unveiled its $19 million Gainesville campus expansion. The 165,000-square-foot expansion includes buildings for art and technology, film and digital media, and a state-ofthe-art nursing facility to help fill nursing shortages in the region. Future plans are in motion to expand the gymnasium, provide a science building and construct a dedicated performing arts center. UNG enrolled about 19,000 students as of spring 2022 across its campuses in Gainesville, Dahlonega, Cumming, Oconee County and Blue Ridge. 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood 678-717-3639, ung.edu Lanier Technical College was founded in 1964 and its mission since has been

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The Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy was formed in 1989 and serves as the umbrella agency for literacy concerns

in the community. The Alliance serves as the advisory board for the Adult Learning Center, whose fiscal agent is Lanier Technical College. The Center provides free educational programs for adults 16 years and older who have not graduated from high school or whose native language is not English. Classes include: Literacy Instruction; Basic Skills; GED Preparation; GED Testing; and English as a Second Language/Civics. Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy has helped thousands attain their GEDs. 719 Woodsmill Road, Gainesville 770-531-3358, allianceforliteracy.org




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University of North Georgia workforce development. The college provides valuable skills in technical and mechanical trades to help a growing student body meet the needs of a changing 21st century workplace. In 2022, Lanier Tech enrolled more than 6,900 students across its five campuses in Northeast Georgia. The college’s main campus is on a 95-acre site just north of Gainesville on Ga. 365. The $131 million state-of-the-art campus opened in fall 2018 with 335,000 square feet of teaching space that can accommodate 5,000 students. The school features a 40,000-squarefoot conference center with a 20,000-square-foot ballroom that can comfortably house 750 people. The campus includes six buildings with room to expand. Lanier Tech offers 224 programs of study, including 59 associate degree programs, 67 diploma programs and 98 technical certificate programs. Graduates have enjoyed a 100% job placement rate for five of the last seven years in numerous specific fields in technology and manufacturing. The economic development programs offered at Lanier Tech are among the state’s best. The College’s Economic Development division provides continuing education and customized training in

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many areas including ammonia refrigeration, robotics, programmable logic controllers, CPR/First Aid/AED, Microsoft Office Suite, Leadership, and many other industry-specific areas. Lanier Tech is also home to Georgia’s Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Training Program, providing training to industrial partners in all 50 states and across the world. Lanier Technical College, working in partnership with area Certified Literate Community Programs (CLCP), offers Adult Education courses for individuals. The college is renowned for helping students who wish to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. There are programs for non-native speakers to improve their English skills and help candidates prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville 770-533-7000, laniertech.edu Brenau University was founded in 1878 and enrolls some 3,000 students on multiple campuses and online in coeducational graduate and undergraduate studies. The privately owned, liberal arts-based institution has a rich tradition of educating women that is carried on in its residential Women’s College. Brenau began coeducational studies in 770-532-6206

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1972 and today offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The school is led by Dr. Anne A. Skleder, who was named its 10th president in April 2019. Driven by a need for more health care workers, Brenau has expanded to three locations in Hall County: the historic Gainesville Campus, the Downtown Campus and Brenau East at Featherbone Communiversity. Within the Ivester College of Health Sciences, Brenau anticipates at full capacity some 800 master’s and doctoral students in physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other health care disciplines at the three Gainesville locations, on the Norcross Campus and online. In April 2022, thanks to a donation from Doug and Kay Ivester, Brenau’s presence on the downtown square was expanded with the opening of the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling on the second floor of the Gainesville Renaissance. The move will facilitate the expansion of its counseling clinic and academic programs, including a doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2023 and a dance/movement therapy certificate program in January 2023. Just behind the Gainesville Renaissance is the Brenau Downtown Center, with


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Lanier Technical College meeting and theater facilities that can be used by the public. The facility houses the university’s doctoral program in physical therapy, master’s program in physician assistant studies and other health care disciplines. It is also home to the Manhattan Gallery, one of many Brenau galleries featuring some of the 6,500 pieces in the university’s Permanent Art Collection. Brenau East houses the university’s Business Incubator, the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing and the School of Occupational Therapy with clinical doctorate programs from each school. It includes a state-of-the-art human simulator laboratory, dance studios, classrooms and an auditorium. Brenau also has the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park in New Holland, providing a home for the Golden Tigers’ softball team. The school also fields teams in basketball, track and field, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, cross country, competitive and spirit cheer, volleyball and lacrosse and

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in 2017. The 56-bed hospital in Winder offers emergency services, surgery, heart services, imaging and radiology and more. NGMC Lumpkin opened in Dahlonega in 2019, providing emergency and inpatient care for patients. Work continues toward the development of the new NGMC Lumpkin campus on Ga. 400, which is expected to open in 2024. The

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Guilford Immediate Care centers provide non-emergency care for conditions that deserve prompt attention. Patients do not require appointments, although prior arrangements are always welcome for routine physicals or follow-up visits. Most patients are those with unexpected illness or injury. 1250 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Suite 300 Gainesville 1080 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 4205 Mundy Mill Place, Oakwood 770-532-0800, gic30.com

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concerns, such as COVID-19 and the Monkeypox virus. 1290 Athens St., Gainesville 770-531-5600, phdistrict2.org Avita Community Partners is a resource for individuals and families in Northeast Georgia experiencing the effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases. Avita’s goal is to assist in the development of safe, stable, meaningful lives for residents in a 13-county area. In 2021, it opened an $11.8 million behavioral health crisis center that offers a 24-hour walk-in center and a crisis stabilization unit with 30 beds. Avita’s services and programs aim to support individuals, families and communities with comprehensive services. avitapartners.org 800-535-8751 Good News Clinics offers support and free medical and dental care to the indigent, homeless and low-income people in Hall County who have no health care insurance and cannot afford care.

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Though two-thirds of Hall residents are homeowners, an increasing number of rental options are available, with more on the way. They are designed to attract upscale millennials and seniors who prefer work-play-shop communities all within walking distance. In 2022, apartments and retail opened in downtown Gainesville at Solis Gainesville. A second phase will follow on a nearby lot off Main Street. Another major downtown project, The National will bring more downtown residential units along with a Marriott hotel. The complex will feature one- and two-bedroom units targeted to young professionals. Luxury townhomes and single-family rental cottages are planned as a rede-


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employment in 2020. Of those, 99% of businesses are categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees; 93% of them employ fewer than 50 people. As a center of trade and commerce for two centuries, Gainesville-Hall continues to prosper as the trade, medical, educational, retail, industrial, recreation and cultural hub of Northeast Georgia.

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tion in Gainesville exceeding 120,000. The population has increased by 15.4% since 2010 and is expected to increase by 13% over the next 10 years, according to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. This increase is attributed mostly due to the low cost of living, high quality of life and an abundance of career and development opportunities that lead to a financially stable and comfortable lifestyle. The median age of the workforce in Gainesville-Hall County is 33.5 years. Today there are approximately 106,300 highly skilled workers in the GainesvilleHall County labor force and a total of 884,766 people in the Hall area labor force, many of whom commute an average of 26 minutes to work in the Gainesville-Hall


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County area each day. Of particular note is that Gainesville-Hall County is served by more than 475 health care service providers that employ over 15,000, or 15% of the county’s workforce. Almost 80% of those jobs are located in the region’s health care epicenter in Gainesville. The median household income in Gainesville-Hall County is $63,651.

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areas in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year based on job and salary growth. With so many opportunities for success and prosperity, it is no wonder so many businesses and individuals choose GainesvilleHall as the start of a long and prosperous career. Hall County’s stability, skilled workforce, visionary leadership and quality of life attract industries to the area, Gainesville-Hall is home to 47 Fortune 500 firms, more than 330 manufacturing and processing plants and more than 57 locations of international companies representing 19 countries. GainesvilleHall is able to support a variety of businesses. From entrepreneurial startups to manufacturing or technology companies, Hall County can provide easy transportation accessibility, tax incentives, utilities, educational and training programs and the skilled workforce to make any business successful. The Greater Hall Chamber has secured major investment in its aggressive five-year economic development plan for Gainesville-

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the county seat. One side of the square in downtown Gainesville has been redeveloped with a mixed-use project, known as Gainesville Renaissance, which includes eight condominiums, Brenau University’s Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling, retail space, office space and a pocket park. Around the corner is a Marriott hotel development, The National, that will also include apartments, meeting space and a casual restaurant space. It is set to open in 2023. Bourbon Brothers, a large music and event venue along with tavern is under construction in downtown Gainesville as well. Across a pedestrian bridge from downtown is Gainesville Solis, a mixed-use development with restaurant and retail space along with luxury apartments. The cities of Flowery Branch and Oakwood are redeveloping their downtown areas to attract more small businesses. Both cities are planning for substantial growth around the Thurmon Tanner Parkway corridor, as well as other areas throughout the cities. A mixeduse project in downtown Flowery Branch

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Don Carter State Park includes apartments, retail and restaurant space. The South hall city also is developing two parks — one including an amphitheater — and adding a farmers market pavilion, more parking spaces and new landscaping in the downtown area.

Retail Recent census data indicates GainesvilleHall County has a primary trade area that serves a population of 1.8 million Northeast Georgia residents and is the region’s major retail center. New Holland Market at Interstate 985 Exit 24 is one of the fastest-growing retail developments. Anchored by a grocery store, it has a variety of casual dining, medical offices and nearby apartments. Highway 365 North is poised as a new retail and commercial corridor with access and infrastructure improvements. Dawsonville Highway offers more than 1.7 million square feet of retail and restaurant space and is still growing. In the south end of the county, Stonebridge Village Center generates retail and restaurant interest along the I-985 corridor. In Braselton, a shopping center plus five outparcels are being developed by Halvorsen Development Corp. on 32 acres near the Hall County line. Construction is set to begin in late 2023.

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Top employers in Hall County ■ Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 9,240

■ Mar-Jac Poultry Inc., 1,280

■ Fieldale Farms Corp., 4,000

■ Cottrell, 1,100

■ Gold Creek Foods, 3,035 ■ Kubota Manufacturing of America, 2,200 ■ Pilgrim’s, 1,760 ■ Fox Factory, 1,300

Tourism Economic impact of Hall County’s tourism industry recently reached a record high of $330 million, helped in part by the opening of Don Carter State Park in 2013 and Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville in 2015. The Lake Lanier Olympic Park has an area impact of $7.8 million. Major events like the 2019 American Canoe Association’s Sprint National Championships and the 2018 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, which drew 800 athletes from 14 countries. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returned in 2022 for its 25th year at Lake Lanier, a one-day event that draws as many as 10,000 spectators. A $17 million renovation project for Lake Lanier Olympic Park boathouse will construct a new facility that would be an event center in addition to a place where 770-532-6206

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■ ZF Gainesville LLC, 1,200 ■ Mars Wrigley, 990 ■ King’s Hawaiian Bakery East, 800 ■ Longstreet Clinic, P.C., 750

teams could store their boats and equipment. The main floor will be opened up for a tall ballroom that can seat up to 400 people or flex into three smaller meeting spaces. Other visitor attractions and Hall County include: z Lanier Islands Resort, a world-class 15,000-acre resort and conference center z Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, a 2.54-mile international Grand Prix race course z Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK), a hands-on children’s museum hosted over 78,000 guests in 2019 z Elachee Nature Science Center, a 1,500acre nature preserve with 13 miles of hiking and biking trails z A network of multipurpose biking, walking and running trails connect Gainesville’s Midtown to the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus in


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Business parks One of the reasons Gainesville Hall County has been able to attract so many international and domestic manufacturers and other firms is this large number of industrial and business parks that offer the perfect sites for businesses wishing to relocate or expand. Gainesville-Hall County is home to numerous industrial business parks, with plans for others in various stages. The larger parks that are currently welcoming tenants include:

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ainesville Hall County’s easy access to major transportation corridors keeps the flow of commerce moving between area businesses in the world. Interstates 985, 85, 285 and Georgia Highways 316 and 400 are only a short drive away, connecting Hall County to the South’s largest city, Atlanta, as well as to regional powerhouses such as Athens, Georgia, and Greenville, South Carolina. The growing population means that transportation issues are very important. The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO) has developed a long-range transportation plan to address transit, air-quality issues and encouragement of bike and pedestrian transportation alternatives.

Roads Interstate 985 directly links to Gainesville-Hall County providing convenient access to Interstate 85 and the markets in metro Atlanta and South Carolina.

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Interstate 985 transitions into State Route 365, a route that provides scenic access to the North Georgia mountains. Various Gainesville Hall County transportation agencies work together with the Georgia Department of Transportation on corridor-widening connectors and interstate exchanges. A multi-use trail system facilitates and encourages non-motorized transportation options for a more sustainable green environment.

Hall Area Transit Hall Area Transit is a public transportation system that operates 17 passenger vans as part of a rideshare service known as WeGo. Using a smartphone application, riders can arrange for trips to stops throughout Hall County. 770-503-3333 gainesville.org/hall-area-transit

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Chamber of Commerce report, 76 logistics service businesses employ 4,800. The industry continues to grow through such companies as Agile Cold Storage and Eskimo Cold Storage, which are planning expansions. Also, new companies are moving in. XPO Logistics has set up warehouse space in Oakwood and R+L Carriers is planning a 174,900-square-foot terminal. The demand is such that Lanier Technical College and University of North Georgia have implemented new programs to provide degrees, training and specialized skills needed by logistics service providers and other businesses.

Rail Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation provide Hall County with commercial rail connections all across North America. Norfolk Southern operates a mainline through Hall County while CSX maintains daily schedules between Hall County and the main line in Athens,


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Georgia. Piggyback freight service is only 55 miles away in Atlanta. Passenger rail is available via Amtrak, which has a station in Gainesville along the crescent route that stretches from New Orleans to New York City.

Ports The interstate highways offer direct access to the port cities of Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia, as well as Charleston, South Carolina, providing deep water ports equipped to handle any business shipping need. The Northeast Georgia Inland Port, Georgia’s second inland terminal, will be developed on 104 acres in the Gateway Industrial Centre near Ga. Highway 365. Set to open in 2024, the new inland port will be operated by the Georgia Ports Authority and served by Norfolk Southern.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides more than 2,700 domestic and international flights

daily and puts the Gainesville-Hall area within a two-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. Gainesville is a one-hour drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international Airport via I-985/Georgia 365 to I-85 South, or via GA 400 to I-85 south.

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The city of Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport offers two runways — 5,500 feet and 4,000 feet — and is capable of handling corporate jets and private aircraft. Fly-in meetings can be held at the Lee Gilmer conference room. gainesville.org, 770-535-6882

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MOVING IN To Gainesville-Hall County County Government Hall County 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville 770-535-8288, hallcounty.org Planning & Development 770-531-6809, hallcounty.org Elections, voter registration 770-531-6945, hallcounty.org Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau 770-536-5209, discoverlakelanier.com Tax Commissioner’s Office 770-531-6950, Tax Assessor’s Office Real estate property, 770-531-6720 Personal property, 770-531-6749 Hall County Extension 734 E. Crescent Drive #300, Gainesville 770-535-8293

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Hall County Library System Gainesville 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville 770-532-3311 www.hallcountylibrary.org Blackshear Place 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville 770-532-3311, ext. 151 Murrayville 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville 770-532-3311, ext. 171 Spout Springs 6488 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch 770-532-3311, ext. 191 North Hall Tech Center 175 Nopone Road Suite B, Gainesville 770-532-3311, ext. 181 770-532-6206

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City governments Gainesville 300 Henry Ward Way 770-535-6860, gainesville.org Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau 300 Henry Ward Way, Suite 100 770-531-2664 exploregainesville.org Public Works, Sanitation 300 Henry Ward Way, Suite 202 Gainesville, 770-535-6882 gainesville.org Braselton 4982 Ga. 53, 706-654-3915, braselton.net Buford 2300 Buford Highway 770-945-6761 cityofbuford.com


GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Clermont 109 King St. 770-983-7568 clermontga.com Flowery Branch 5410 Pine St., 770-967-6371 flowerybranchga.org Gillsville 6288 Ga. 52, 770-869-9000 gillsvillega.com Oakwood 4035 Walnut Circle 770-534-2365 cityofoakwood.net Lula 6055 Main St., 770-869-3801 cityoflula.com

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Georgia state government Department of Labor 2756 Atlanta Highway Gainesville, 770-535-5484 dol.georgia.gov Division of Family and Children Services 970 McEver Road Gainesville, 770-532-5298 dfcs.georgia.gov

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Emergency Management 470 Crescent Drive Gainesville, 770-531-6838 hallcounty.org Hall County Fire Services 470 Crescent Drive Gainesville, 770-531-6838 hallcounty.org Hall County Sheriff ’s Office 2859 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, 770-531-6900 hallcountysheriffsoffice.org District Attorney’s Office Hall County Courthouse, 225 Green St. SE, Gainesville 770-531-6965 Clerk of Courts Hall County Courthouse 225 Green St. SE Gainesville, 770-531-7025 Gainesville Police Department 701 Queen City Parkway Gainesville, 770-534-5252 gainesville.org Gainesville Fire Department 725 Pine St., Gainesville 770-534-3612 gainesville.org Flowery Branch Police Department 5270 Railroad Ave., Flowery Branch, 770-967-6336 flowerybranchga.org/police

5285 Strickland Road, Flowery Branch 678-828-8350, lanierchristianacademy.org Lanier Technical College 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville 770-533-7000, laniertech.edu Brenau University 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville 770-534-6299, brenau.edu University of North Georgia — Gainesville 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood 678-717-3639, ung.edu

Oakwood Police Department 4035 Walnut Circle, Oakwood 770-534-2364 cityofoakwood.net/police.aspx Burn permits 770-536-2442 Georgia Poison Control 800-222-1222

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Health care Northeast Georgia Medical Center 743 Spring St., Gainesville 770-219-9000, nghs.com Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton 1400 River Place, Braselton 770-848-8000, nghs.com/braselton Hall County Health Department 1290 Athens St., Gainesville 770-531-5600 Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Urgent Care Gainesville, 770-219-7777 Braselton, 770-848-6195

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Utilities Electric Georgia Power 2294 Skelton Road #4509, Gainesville 888-660-5890, georgiapower.com Jackson EMC 1000 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville 770-536-2415, jacksonemc.com Sawnee EMC 543 Atlanta Highway, Cumming 770-887-2363, sawnee.com City of Buford 2300 Buford Highway, Buford 678-889-4600, cityofbuford.com Water and Sewer The city of Gainesville owns and operates the largest public water supply, waste water treatment and distribution system within Hall County. The Gainesville Department of Water Resources maintains more than 1,600 miles of underground water and sewer pipeline with a water capacity is 35 MGD and wastewater capacity of 17 MGD. In addition to potable water and sanitary sewer services, the city also provides operation and maintenance and capital

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improvement on the stormwater system within the city limits of Gainesville. 757 Queen City Parkway, SW, Gainesville 770-535-6878, gainesville.org The city of Buford provides water and sewer service to its residents with a water capacity of 2 MGD and wastewater capacity of 2 MGD. 2300 Buford Highway, Buford 678-889-4600, cityofbuford.com The city of Flowery Branch has the capacity to treat 400,000 gallons per day of wastewater discharged to the lake and 510,000 discharged to the spray fields. 5572 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch 770-967-2151, flowerybranchga.org/ww The city of Lula Utilities Department can treat up to 380,000 gallons per day of wastewater. 6055 Main St., Lula 770-869-3801, cityoflula.com Solid waste Curbside pickup is provided within the city of Gainesville twice a week for household garbage/general rubbish and once a week for recyclables, at a low monthly fee. Outside the city of Gainesville, private contractors offer residential and commercial waste collection. Residents of Hall County may use any of the 12 compactor sites throughout the area, where recycling con770-532-6206

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GAINESVILLE HALL COUNTY GEORGIA | USA Hall County Landfill 1700 Oak Brook Drive, Gainesville 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 770-531-6851, hallcounty.org Hall County Resource Recovery Recycling Center, 1008 Chestnut St. Gainesville, 770-535-8284 hallcounty.org Natural gas Liberty Utilities 855-216-6305, libertyutilities.com Atlanta Gas Light Company 877-427-4321 (gas emergencies only) atlantagaslight.com City of Buford 678-889-4600, cityofbuford.com/gas.aspx Call the Georgia Public Service Commission at 800-282-5813 for a list of approved marketers or visit psc.ga.gov/utilities/natural-gas

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Jaemor Farms 800-288-2020, att.com Business, 866-620-6000, business.att.com Charter Spectrum Communications 867 Dawsonville Highway #820, Gainesville, 866-874-2389 spectrum.com Comcast Xfinity 800-934-6489, xfinity.com

Pet registration Dogs, cats and other domesticated animals must be inoculated annually for rabies and wear proof of vaccination at all times. City and county ordinances require that dogs be leashed and under the control of the owner at all times. Hall County Animal Control 770-531-6830 Hall County Animal Shelter 1688 Barber Road, Gainesville 678-450-1587, hallcounty.org/ 276/Animal-Services Humane Society of Northeast Georgia 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville 770-532-6617, humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.com

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Other agencies, services Economic Development Services 770-532-6206, ext. 107 Georgia Child Support Services 844-694-2347, childsupport.ga.gov Avita Community Partners 1-800-525-8751, avitapartners.org Georgia Mountains Regional Commission 770-538-2626, gmrc.ga.gov Hall Area Transit 770-503-3333 Meals on Wheels 770-503-3330 Natural Resource Conservation Service 770-531-6827 Gainesville-Hall Senior Life Center 770-503-3331, gainesville.org/ senior-life-center


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FUTURE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER

At Brenau University, we are committed to enhancing our students’ gifts and transforming them into leaders and changers who succeed and better the lives of others in Hall County and beyond. We embrace compassion and take the time to understand each other because we know our differences make us stronger. With our small class sizes and supportive environment, we’re able to create fulfilling experiences that inspire, encourage and build an education that lasts a lifetime.

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At Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospital campuses and a variety of other locations.

Locations convenient to Hall County include: Hospitals – Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton – with services including Heart & Vascular, Cancer Treatment, Orthopedics, Emergency Care and more Medical Office Buildings – dozens of physician offices representing multiple specialties come together in one building for your convenience: Medical Park 1 and 2 in Gainesville; Medical Plaza 1 in Braselton; and Medical Plaza B in Braselton Northeast Georgia Physicians Group – more than 350 physicians and advanced practice professionals represent 30 specialties at more than 65 locations including: Braselton, Chestnut Mountain, Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Oakwood Visit ngpg.org to find a physician or advanced practice professional near you.

Imaging Centers – five locations including: Braselton and Gainesville

Georgia Heart Institute – more than 60 physicians and advanced practice professionals at more than a dozen locations including: Braselton and Gainesville Visit georgiaheartinstitute.org to find a physician or advanced practice professional near you.

Rehabilitation Centers – six locations for physical, speech and occupational therapy including: Braselton and Gainesville

Visit nghs.com to learn more.

Long Term Care Centers – New Horizons Limestone and New Horizons Lanier Park, both in Gainesville Urgent Care – six locations for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses including: Braselton and Gainesville

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center – Gainesville’s dedicated treatment center for adolescents and adults: Laurelwood