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Development Authority of 
Peach County Georgia | 425 James E. Khoury Drive | Unit B | Fort Valley, Georgia 31030 | (478) 825-3826 | peachcountydevelopment@ymail.com
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Quality of Life

THE BEST OF GEORGIA: GOOD LIVING COMES NATURALLY.

Fort Valley, Georgia was founded in 1856 as an Indian trading post. Neighboring Byron was named after the famed English poet, Lord Byron. There’s a lot of history in the air in Peach County. But the fact is, we’re the newest and youngest county in Georgia. Peach County was created in 1924 from parts of Macon and Houston counties. Our location near the geographic center of the state is more than just good business; it gives you a tremendous array of options for enjoyable living. Peach County is rustic and rural with rich history all around. For contemporary fun, Warner Robins, Georgia is a lively city of 70,000 less than 10 miles away. Macon, Georgia, with twice the population, is 16 miles away. That means plenty of variety for everything from restaurants and the arts to sports and special events. Even better, you can have that variety while your business enjoys low operating costs and big business advantages in Peach County.

 

LOTS TO DO IN AND AROUND TOWN

Located next door to GeorgiaBob’s BBQ Company in Byron, GeorgiaBob’s Cane River Vineyard is a wine tasting room that specializes in wine tastings and the sale of predominantly Georgia wines and specialty gifts. This unique country store hosts wine tastings or enables customers to host their own event. The vineyard is a true Southern experience!

 

 

 

 

 

Lane Southern Orchards’ huge Roadside Market is filled with fresh local, seasonal produce – much of it from the family farm’s 3,000 acres of peach orchards, 3,000 acres of pecan groves and a special patch of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples, scuppernongs, muscadines and kiwi – gourmet treats, local wines and authentic souvenirs. You can even take a farm tour during the season.

All year long, you can sample some homemade favorites and grab a rocking chair on the front porch and relax.

 

 

 

 

Pine Needles Country Club in Fort Valley, Georgia, offers a regulation 9-hole golf course, driving range, putting green, and banquet hall. Pine Needles Golf Country Club is a great course for golfers of all ages and skill levels and one of the best values around.

 

 

 

 

 

One of Georgia’s premier antique malls, and Central Georgia’s biggest and best selection of antiques and collectibles, the Big Peach has something for everyone! Find more than 200 dealers and 33,000 square-feet of antiques and collectibles under one roof. Open seven days a week and located directly off I-75, the Big Peach is Central Georgia’s favorite antiques shopping destination.

 

 

 

 

 

Built around 1875, the old jail is now the headquarters building for the Byron Area Historical Society. It serves as a repository for society records and documents and houses historic pictures and memorabilia from Byron’s past. Although the jail is not regularly open, tours may be arranged.

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER (AND HIRE) EDUCATION

Georgia is a smart state, and it’s getting smarter all the time. Nearly one third of our residents now hold a Bachelor’s Degree. With six universities and five technical colleges in Middle Georgia, the people of Peach County make good use of our educational resources.

 

Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) awards certificates, diplomas and two-year associate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. The main campus is located in Macon with a sister campus in the heart of nearby Warner Robins.  We’re proud of our new Workforce Development Center affiliated with CGTC.  The Center, located in our South Peach Industrial Park, offers special CDL drivers training programs along  with other study options.

 

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is a historically black university with a rich teacher education heritage. It’s the only senior college with a statewide land grant research and public service mission. FVSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Specialist degrees. The main campus in Fort Valley is supplemented by a commuter campus in Warner Robins.  

 

Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) is Georgia's designated public liberal arts university. It’s located in historic Milledgeville, less than a dozen miles from the geographic center of Georgia. GC&SU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Specialist degrees. GC&SU has campuses in Milledgeville, Macon, and Warner Robins offering more than 40 undergraduate and over 18 graduate programs. 

 

Mercer University is a major private university in the area and one of America’s oldest and most distinguished institutions. Founded by early 19th century Baptists, Mercer teaches over 8,500 students in twelve schools and colleges on campuses from Macon to Atlanta and Savannah. There are three medical school sites and three regional academic centers around Georgia. Mercer is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading institutions by U.S. News & World Report, which named Mercer as the No. 1 “Best Value in the South” in 2014. Mercer University has nearly 80,000 proud alumni working in all arenas of American business.

 

Middle Georgia State University features eight Bachelor's degrees plus dozens of Associate and Certificate programs. Designed by the University System of Georgia to offer an affordable college education, Middle Georgia State University has 5 campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.  

 

Wesleyan College, a private college in Macon, is the world’s oldest college for women. It awards Baccalaureate degrees, the Master of Arts in early childhood education, the Master of Arts in middle grades science and mathematics, and the Master of Business Administration. Wesleyan College is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Peach County offers a variety of affordable housing options.  The Development Authority of Peach County is positioned to help companies find affordable and appropriate housing for employees.  Whether that entails a large, cross-country move for a staff of 100 or moving a handful of workers across state or county lines, we can help. You’ll have plenty to choose from whether you’re in the market for executive homes in the country, affordable employee homes, or stately homes near one of our historic districts. You can live surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of Georgia – or be minutes away from it in a village or city. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living here is nearly 20% below the U.S. average – while the median price for a home is just $72,500. Need a good local realtor? Our office will be happy to provide recommendations.

 

PLEASANT CLIMATE

When we say Peach County, Georgia has an exceptional business climate, we mean that literally. The weather here is warm in the summer and mild in the winter. The average daily high is 76 degrees with an average low of 54 degrees (the annual average temperature for the state of Georgia is a very pleasant 65 degrees). If you’re looking to relocate, our kind of business climate offers major advantages. The highways remain open. Planes take off. Ships sail. Power and communications stay up and running. In other words, you always have access to your markets, suppliers and vendors – that kind of reliability is good for business. In Peach County, it’s easy to ship goods, accept supplies, and move people and products anywhere you like, all year long.   

 

QUALITY HEALTHCARE

Peach County is unusually well supplied with quality healthcare. The Medical Center of Peach County has served area residents for over 60 years. In 2013, the original hospital was replaced with a new, primary care facility. As part of Navicent Health, the 67,500 sq. ft. medical center in Byron offers primary care from emergency to outpatient, incorporating the latest research and technologies.

  • 25 spacious private rooms including four ICU rooms
  • 14 emergency treatment rooms; 2 trauma, 4 fast track
  • Extended care program for rehabilitation
  • State-of-the-art orthopaedic-sized operating room
  • Two endoscopy suites
  • 64 slice CT machine with cardiac studies capability
  • Digital mammography for detecting breast cancer
  • Bone density testing, ultrasounds and a mobile MRI
  • Comfortable sleep study lab
  • State-of-the-art laboratory equipment
  • IV infusion therapy room
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Stress test lab
  • Pulmonary function lab and bronchoscopy suite

 

The Medical Center of Peach County and Navicent Health (formerly the Medical Center of Central Georgia) are in a partnership to enhance healthcare services in Peach County and the surrounding region. Navicent Health is the largest tertiary care center between Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida.  It’s known throughout the Southeast for state-of-the-art trauma, cardiac, children’s, oncology and surgical care facilities. The hospital is located just minutes away in downtown Macon, Georgia.

 

In addition, Houston Medical Center (HMC) is a ten-minute drive from anywhere in Peach County. It’s one of the fastest growing medical facilities in Central Georgia.  Newly expanded, and ideally located just west of Robins Air Force Base, HMC is a primary point for medical care in our area.

 

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