Henry County Newsroom

Supporting Small Biz in Henry

Posted by Leah Brown on Mar 16, 2017 2:01:47 PM


March 13-17 was proclaimed by Governor Nathan Deal as Georgia Small Business Week to show support of and appreciation for the small business community!

On Monday, March 13th we attended the Small Business ROCK STARS Awards Luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business. Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc., Sweet Grass Dairy, Ecolink Inc, and Atlas Turf were the 2017 winners. These “Small Business Rock Stars” were recognized by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).

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Spring, Is That You?

Posted by Leah Brown on Feb 27, 2017 4:00:27 PM


We’re questioning Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow, because spring has certainly arrived in Henry County. We’ve got the scoop on what to do this spring, so break out your calendars (and those pastels from your closet)!

  • What says early spring in Georgia more than yellow pine pollen? Get ready for the 8th Annual Yellow Pollen Street Festival in Downtown Hampton on March 18th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Enjoy arts, crafts, yummy food, live music, and fun for the whole family!
  • Hop on over to Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove to get your picture with the Easter Bunny! He’ll be around from April 1st through April 15th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, so go see him before he heads back down the rabbit hole.
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Henry County is Prime for Manufacturing

Posted by Leah Brown on Feb 16, 2017 9:53:58 AM


With access to a superior talent pool, close proximity to the world's busiest airport, high quality and affordable housing, top-rated public schools and vibrant communities, Henry County is the place to connect your business in Atlanta's New South. And, with an already impressive presence of advanced manufacturing companies including Alpla and Southern States, Henry County is prime for growth! 

Whether you’re an existing business, or considering Henry for the first time, we have programs and services that will help you succeed. Our services and resources include:

  • Expansion & Relocation services
  • Small Business & Entrepreneur resources
  • Incentives & Financing
  • Qualified and Available Workforce
  • Relationships with the county’s largest employers 
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Racing Into Henry

Posted by Leah Brown on Jan 30, 2017 1:09:54 PM


Just 25 miles south of Atlanta, Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the country's top sports, corporate, family and entertainment facilities. Situated on nearly 900 majestic acres in Henry County, Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the most-storied facilities in American motorsports history (Visit Henry). Since holding its first race in the 1960, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has become a premier facility for multiple forms of racing in addition to a wide range of other events which have included concerts, family gatherings, business conventions and the Georgia State Fair. Races held at AMS draw more visitors than any other sporting event in Georgia. And because Hampton is home to AMS, they receive more visitors each year than any other city in Henry County!

NASCAR fans rejoice! More than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Haulers, the large, colorful trucks carrying stock cars to and from the track, will roll down Main Street Hampton on March 2, 2017. The excitement begins at 6:00 PM at the Hampton Train Depot Park with the Hampton Speedway Lane Hall of Fame induction ceremony. After the induction ceremony, the Haulers (the big 18 wheelers that carry the racecars) will start rolling down main street to Highway 81 and across to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Georgia’s Economic Outlook for 2017 is Looking Good

Posted by Leah Brown on Jan 17, 2017 8:27:51 AM


According to Georgia Trend, the economic outlook for Georgia is looking good due to new projects coming soon, the housing recovery, state manufacturers doing well, and fast population growth. Here are some other areas that will contribute to economic growth in 2017:

  • High-tech: Industries such as healthcare IT cybersecurity are set to create thousands of high-paying jobs.
  • Logistics and distribution: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to make the state a great hub for serving operations around the world.
  • TV and movie production: GA’s film industry ranks third in TV and movie production in the world. The benefits of each dollar spent on film production in Georgia will generate larger economic impacts.
  • Business and professional services: Strength of the potential client base, access to talent and ease of transportation are factors that will attract providers of professional and business services. 
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Happy New Year, Henry!

Posted by Leah Brown on Dec 22, 2016 2:58:56 PM


Each year brings its ups and downs. It is certainly refreshing when the end of a year draws near to an end. It makes you look back and remember what has taken place and how a new year may bring something even greater. It’s also a busy time of the year that can seem hectic and stressful. Take a load off and enjoy some area events that will get you excited for 2017!

Start with drinks at Jailhouse Brewing Company in Hampton at “For The Record Vinyl Night - The Final Countdown” on Friday, December 30th, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. They’ll be spinning songs from their entire collection of vinyl. If you bring a record contribution for them to play, they’ll send you home with 3 bottles or cans of 12oz beer from their fridge! The cost for admission is $12.00.

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Academy for Advanced Studies

Posted by Leah Brown on Dec 13, 2016 3:14:20 PM


The Academy for Advanced Studies is Henry County’s college and career academy for grades 9-12! AAS has been approved by the local and state boards of education to operate as a charter program of choice. Their mission is to ensure each student graduates high school with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for college and career success. In fulfilling this mission, AAS ensures each student is actively engaged in rigorous, relevant, and innovative instructional programs.

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Henry for the Holidays

Posted by Leah Brown on Dec 2, 2016 2:50:17 PM


December is upon us! Go ahead and plan out your month now, so you can fit in all the fun that Henry has to offer during the holidays.

Kick-off the season in Hampton at the Christmas at Home parade on December 1st, 7 PM to 9 PM! Enjoy pictures with Santa and snow machines. You can even do some holiday shopping at the downtown businesses; they’ll be open late and will provide tasty holiday treats.

Be off and running into the holidays by taking part in the 2016 Jingle Jog presented by the Rotary Club of Henry County! The annual 5K run and 1-mile walk is on December 3rd, starting at First Baptist Church of McDonough. Registration is scheduled from 9 to 9:45 AM, with the race beginning at 10 AM. Festivities will also include an Elf Trot at 10:30 AM for children ages 6 and under. Don’t forget to dress up in your holiday costume to enter the special contest!

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Community and Industry Leaders Discuss GA CATT Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Leah Brown on Nov 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle launched the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) program to offer the industry approved German Apprenticeship program to students and industry partners through a college and career academy. Community, education and industry leaders gathered recently to discuss the opportunity to implement the GA CATT program in Henry County.

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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

Posted by Leah Brown on Nov 15, 2016 9:47:23 AM


Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. American Express first came up with the idea of Small Business Saturday, and in 2011, the U.S Senate officially recognized the day. On this day, the Small Business Administration and many other organizations across the country are showing support for local small business by shopping at a small business. Small businesses provide the best customer service experience, pairing expertise with a personal touch...something that online shopping can’t provide!

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