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Goal

Increase opportunities for economic development and sustained growth.

 

Context/Background

Clayton County is home to one of the world’s busiest airport, making it a strategic touchpoint for national and international business and commerce. Logistics, Health Services, and Arts/Entertainment/Tourism/Film are among the sectors demonstrating multi-million dollar opportunities in the County over the last decade. Clayton County Government must ensure that its regulations support economic growth. Investments in improving infrastructure, developing the workforce, increasing tax incentives for businesses, and enhancing the overall quality of life for all communities form the foundation of economic growth in the County.  Through collaboration with independent county authorities, local municipalities, and regional consortia, the County will leverage partnerships that are mutually committed to and invested in economic development. "Clayton Strong" will be one of the diverse tools used for strategic marketing to promote economic development.
 

Major Strategies: Fiscal Years (FY) 2017-2019

FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019
Establish small business incubators.
Utilize aggressive marketing techniques to promote county brand locally and nationally.
-Promote existing assets and resources.
Identify three (3) key action items to boost economic opportunity among all department heads.
Improve workforce development by
partnering with schools, Clayton State, and technical schools to train workforce.
Create a workforce preparedness strategy by partnering with schools [and communities] to train and prepare residents in order to attract
businesses.
Increase development around the airport to generate revenue for the County.  
Implement an incentive program based on the potential economic benefit to the County.
- Create an economic development task force that includes the cities to highlight the selling points and assets of each community.
-Create economic development advisory council made up of businesses to assess reasons and barriers why businesses choose
not to develop here and to address concerns. 
Collaborate with cities to foster community and county economic development.
-­‐Create a strategic action plan in
collaboration with municipalities and school districts in regards to tax allocation, zoning,
CIO developments, to develop and redevelop properties to attract commercial business.
–Implement CID program
Enhance CID program.
Promote Clayton County inside the Airport
(e.g., banners, TV, billboards, etc.).