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Athens Convention & Visitor’s Bureau                                                           

If you are new to the Athens Area this should definitely be one of your first stops in the city. At the Visitor’s Bureau, you can find area maps, information regarding Athens’ history, attractions, hotel accommodations and more.



Athens Downtown Development Authority

The ADDA is responsible for all things concerning downtown Athens, including businesses, events, and construction. They try to ensure that our downtown remains fun, vibrant, and full of great businesses so that people continue to visit.



Athens Welcome Center

The Athens Welcome Center offers tours of the Classic City, information on attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and shopping, brochures, maps, and a gift shop. The historic house in which it is located is also a museum.


Athens-Clarke County Economic Development

The ACC Economic Development, located in the same building as the AACOC, is the primary point of contact for industries, large commercial developments, site location consultants, and state economic development organizations interested in developing, expanding, or locating new or expanded businesses in Athens-Clarke County.



Athensmade builds and empowers the Athens community by connecting Athens' creative spirit to its many educational resources and shares our community's innovation with the world.  By helping creative professionals thrive, creating educational opportunities between local innovators and young Athenians, and inspiring the next generation of doers, Athensmade is a key partner in building a world-class business ecosystem in Athens.



Clarke County Mentor Program

The Clarke County Mentor Program began in 1991 as a joint initiative of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clarke County School District to increase the number of students who graduated from high school and were prepared for employment or post-secondary education. Today, the CCMP is a thriving non-profit serving the children in Athens-Clarke County every day with approximately 500 UGA student and community mentors who work with all 21 schools in the C​larke-County School District serving grades Kindergarten-12.


Clarke County School District

With 21 schools and more than 13,000 students, the Clarke County School District offers students both diversity and a culture of academic excellence. It serves all of Clarke County, which includes Athens, Winterville, and part of Bogart, GA.

Envision Athens

Envision Athens is a visionary, yet achievable, multi-dimensional strategy that will serve as the foundation of the Community and Economic Development Plan. It has established a larger community-based vision which not only helped to inform the development of the local government’s Comprehensive Plan, but also created an environment where organizations sat down across the table from one another and found common ground on which to begin working on the issues that matter most to our community.

Four Local Colleges

Athens is home to four colleges: Athens Technical College, Piedmont College, University of North Georgia’s Oconee Campus, and the University of Georgia. We work with and support all of these colleges and are happy to be the place they call home.

Northeast Georgia Business Alliance

The Northeast Georgia Business Alliance's mission is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations in Northeast Georgia.

SCORE Mentors

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, and is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. They provide a wide range of services to established and budding business owners alike, including mentoring, webinars and courses on demand, a library of online resources, and local events.

Small Business Administration

The SBA helps small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


Small Business Development Center

The SBDC’s goal is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.


WCOC Radio

The WCOC Radio Show keeps listeners connected with interviews highlighting local businesses, hometown heroes and all the good news of things happening around Athens and Oconee County. Their mission is to connect the Athens and Oconee Area communities with programming designed to inspire and support local business growth.

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