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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Bryan County

Bryan County is an ever growing and vibrant community and from 2010 through 2015 was the 27th fastest growing County in the nation with a population increase of over 16 percent. Bryan County also boosts a median household income well above the Georgia and national average.

This can be attributed to the wonderful climate of the area, vibrant economy of Coastal Georgia, and the excellence of our educational opportunities located within the County.

Bryan County's immediate proximity to Savannah, the region's economic heart, helps to make our County the perfect place to settle for those looking for opportunity and cultural fulfillment. With no sign of growth slowing down, Bryan County pledges to be prepared for growth and committed to preserving what makes the County so desirable to current citizens and future residents.

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Bulloch County

Bulloch County is an active and ever developing community with three major economic forces in education, agriculture, and industry. During the last decade of the twentieth century, several national industries located plants in the county. Since 1990 Ogeechee Technical College has provided instruction for the regional workforce.

Natural areas abound in Bulloch County, and many residents participate in outdoor activities. Fields, streams, and ponds beckon the hunter and angler. Golf is a year round sport, and Mill Creak Regional Park offers 155 acres of softball and soccer fields, as well as scenic paths for walkers and runners. The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department organizes programs throughout the year for adults and children. 

Bulloch County is governed by a diverse body of seven elected commissioners and an appointed county manager. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of Bulloch County is 70,217, an increase from the 2000 population of 55,983. Besides Statesboro, the county's other municipalities are Brooklet, Portal, and Register.

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Camden County

Camden County has had the largest impact on growth with the creation of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Construction on the naval base began in 1978, and it was operational a year later. In 1980 the location was selected as the East Coast refit facility and training command for the navy's fleet of Trident ballistic missile submarines. The first Trident submarine arrived in 1989, and by 2003 Kings Bay employed nearly 9,000 people. The growing population in the county after the opening of Kings Bay resulted in the establishment of the Camden Residence Center, a satellite campus of the College of Coastal Georgia. 

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Chatham County

Chatham County is the northernmost of Georgia's six coastal counties. Named for William Pitt the Elder, earl of Chatham, it was formed out of Christ Church Parish and St. Phillip Parish in 1777. It is the fifth oldest county in Georgia and is the home of Savannah, which serves as the county seat. Other incorporated towns include Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island, and Vernonburg. In addition to Tybee Island, the islands of Little Tybee, Wassaw, and Little Wassaw fall within Chatham's borders. Situated between the Savannah River and the Ogeechee River, Chatham County is bordered by Effingham County, Bryan County, and the state of South Carolina. On the coast, Chatham County shares St. Catherines Sound with Liberty County.

Today, Chatham County is an important industrial and transportation center. Major companies like International Paper and Kerr-McGee have plants in the county. The Savannah–Hilton Head International Airport serves both coastal Georgia and South Carolina and is home to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The Savannah River ports of Savannah and Garden City, operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, and Port Wentworth service ships from around the world, handling more than 2,000 different ships in 2002. Tourism has become a major industry in the Savannah-Chatham area as well. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade through the historic district is one of the largest such events in the United States. The summer months attract visitors to Tybee Island, which has one of the few public beaches in Georgia. The city of Savannah has become a popular location for Hollywood filmmaking. Many movies and television shows have been shot there, including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Effingham County

Effingham County is nestled between the Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers just north of Georgia’s first City, Savannah.  Effingham is steeped in tradition and heritage as one of Georgia’s original counties.  Effingham County boasts one of the fastest growth rates in the State of Georgia.  With the influx of new residents, they maintain a home town atmosphere with all the conveniences of a rural suburb.  

Among the places of interest are the Effingham Museum in Springfield; Ebenezer Townsite and Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church; Guyton Historic District; Mossy Oak Music Park in Guyton; and Veterans Park.

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Glynn County

Glynn County, on the Atlantic coast south of the Altamaha River, is one of Georgia’s original eight counties. The county was created February 5, 1777 from 423 square miles of land formerly held by Creek Indians. Glynn County is named for John Glynn, a member of the British Parliament and a friend of the colonies who once held the position of Sergeant of London. 

Brunswick is the County’s only municipality and serves as the county seat. The City of Brunswick was named in honor of England’s King George III, who was of the House of Brunswick. 

Glynn County’s coastal location is a recreational haven for residents and visitors alike. The county features award-winning golf courses, some of the besting fishing on the East Coast, as well as beautiful beaches on the four coastal islands. The five islands of Glynn County, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Blythe Island, make up the Golden Isles, so named because of their vast marshes that turn a beautiful golden color in the fall. The islands' beaches, resorts, shops, and historic sites annually attract visitors from around the world.

Glynn County’s Port of Brunswick forms a vital part of the county’s economy. It is recognized as one of the most productive ports on the East Coast and is the sixth-busiest automobile port in the United States. It is the primary export facility for two of the three United States traditional automotive manufacturers: Ford and General Motors. 

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Liberty County

Liberty County, located on the Georgia coast, is a growing family community with a focus on preserving the past. In 1940 a large section of northern Liberty County was purchased by the U.S. government for use as a military base. Fort Stewart, home of the Army's Third Infantry Division, remains a major Liberty County employer and has a significant economic impact on the area.

A lack of development in more than 200 years has left many of the county's historic structures intact. A shift in the late twentieth century from an agricultural economy to more modern development endangers these sites but brings economic opportunity. The challenge facing the county today is how to preserve its heritage while encouraging prosperity for its citizens.

 

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Photo: Russell Oliver , Senior Planner II

Long County

Long County, historically and currently, is a rural, agricultural area. The principal farm crop was once cotton, but by the 1970s it had been replaced by tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cattle. The pine forests of the region have always played an important role in the economy.

Frontiersmen settling along the Altamaha River fastened logs together to form rafts that were floated downstream to the port of Darien for export, a practice that continued through the nineteenth century. During the twentieth century, five large paper mills opened within a fifty-mile radius of Ludowici, and Long County's economy was dramatically improved by new employment opportunities and a new demand for timberlands.

The northern tip of the county is occupied by Fort Stewart, the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River. Covering 280,000 acres (spread over several counties), the post, which includes forestlands and hunting preserves, provides many civil service jobs to local residents. Altamaha Technical College, which offers workforce training, operates a satellite campus in Ludowici.

 

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McIntosh County

McIntosh County is located halfway between Savannah, Georgia, to the north, and Jacksonville, Florida, to the South.  The area attracts tourists wishing to go on boat tours, deep sea fishing, or fishing right off the docks. Visitors also swim in the ocean surrounding Sapelo island; go bird and nature watching, or bike along miles of trails. A favorite spot for photographs is the bridge that enters into the City of Darien. There, photographers get shots of the sun setting right down on the water or shrimp boats coming in from a day out at sea.

In the first half of the twentieth century McIntosh County became a leading producer of seafood, especially oysters, shrimp, and crabs. By 1960 McIntosh had one of the largest shrimp-boat fleets on the south Atlantic coast, although the county's population was then only 6,364 residents. Today, thousands of visitors are drawn to the "Blessing of the Fleet," a spring festival held in the City of Darien to honor the fishermen of the shrimping industry that dominates the economy.

 

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Screven County

Screven County is located in East Central Georgia on a ridge between the Ogeechee River and the Savannah River. It is 58 miles northwest of Savannah, 58 miles southeast of Augusta and 197 miles from Atlanta. Screven County is ideally situated to take advantage of close proximity to large cities which house universities, major hospitals, international trade, and growing job markets. Combined with easy access to the wider world is the charm of small town living and rich heritage of southern hospitality.

Screven County claims a number of interesting sites: one of the nation's largest persimmon trees, located in the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area; Robbin's Grist Mill, built in 1803 and located south of Sylvania; Millhaven Plantation, one of the largest farms east of the Mississippi River; and the artesian wells at Rocky Ford. The first Georgia visitors' center was built in Screven County in 1962.

 

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