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Hunker Down with Housing

We look forward to welcoming more than 8,000 new UGA students to Athens on August 13th, 14th, and 15th. Athens Area Chamber of Commerce members have the opportunity to help welcome these students and their families to their new home-away-from-home. With your help, we can show these families that Athens is the most exciting, welcoming, and wonderful place for their students to spend the next four years.

In an effort to bridge the gap between local businesses and college students, the Chamber of Commerce is recruiting 300 volunteers to help families move their students into the dorms and serve as enthusiastic Athens ambassadors. Volunteers will work one three-hour shift on August 13th, 14th, or 15th on the UGA campus—helping unload cars, direct traffic, and greeting the newest members of our community. We hope you will join us in welcoming new students and their families to the Athens community!


Avid Bookshop

“We love being able to interact with people whose paths we might not have crossed were it not for the Chamber gatherings.”

-Janet Geddis, Owner/Founder of Avid Bookshop, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Small Business of the Year

Terrapin Beer Co

“The Chamber does a great job of connecting people so businesses like ours are more aware of opportunities within the city to connect and serve. I cannot think of another organization that represents our community as a whole and speaks closer to the Athens vernacular.”

-Terrapin BeerCo.

Java Joy

“Being a Chamber member has allowed us to foster many relationships throughout the community that have turned into bookings for our business, which has allowed us to create more jobs for adults with disabilities.”

-Laura Graben, Java Joy

Primrose Schools

Not only is it FUN being a member, but we’ve also seen the impact in working with others in our area who share the same passion for our community and making it such a great place. The Chamber is the perfect connectivity between industry, education, non-profit, and so many other wonderful organizations that serve the Athens community.”

-Will Beasley, Primrose School of Athens

Serving Our Members & Community

Since 1904, we have served our members and the community by fostering relationships and strengthening the ties that have secured Athens’ position as the hub of northeast Georgia.

The Chamber has become the regional leader on issues vital to a thriving business community and works hard to support other organizations dedicated to making Athens, GA the best place to live.

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Did You Know?

Athens is home to 4 different colleges, including the University of Georgia.

55% Increase in Business Licenses over the past five years


“Best Places to Retire 2018” (four consecutive years), Forbes, April 23, 2018


14% of Athens’ labor force is employed in Manufacturing


“Top places to go in USA and Canada in 2020," Fodor, November 2019



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