Bainbridge-Decatur County receives award for Small Community Deal Of The Year

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County for an “outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia” at its Annual Awards luncheon.  Bainbridge and Decatur County was recognized because of the Taurus USA project, which announced in April of 2018.

The project will create 300 jobs and invest more than $22.5 million to establish a 200,000 square-foot, firearms manufacturing plant in Bainbridge.  This community combined some consistent marketing, a quirky bit of luck and some good old-fashioned, roll-up the sleeves elbow-grease to finalize this deal.  This is the largest industrial development deal ever made in this community. 

This is now the twelfth year that GEDA has recognized the major projects from the previous year.  In what has become a major portion of the Annual Awards Ceremony – GEDA recognizes recipients in four categories:

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SMALL – a county with population 50,000 and under,

MID-SIZE – a county with population 50,001 – 100,000,

LARGE – a county with population over 100,000,

REGIONAL – any multi-county effort.

The Deal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location or expansion of new businesses in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, state financial support, etc.

The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit