President’s Message

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has a heritage dating more than 100 years in a community that is the best of all worlds. It’s the best place that I know of to live, work, play and raise a family. I know. I am from Athens, and was privileged to serve as the city’s Mayor. I grew up here, raised my family here, and owned a business here for 28 years. Athens is perfectly located: an hour from Atlanta, another hour to the mountains, 3 hours to the beach; the University of Georgia in our backyard and ten minutes from the country. I have fond memories when growing of visiting my father’s office in the Southern Mutual Building (now the Fred Building) downtown and of watching the thriving business community below. Today, in addition to a broad and diverse business community, we also boast a substantial and stable base of industries.

The Chamber is a tribute to the many small and large businesses alike as well as the many other diverse segments that make Athens a dynamic community and a medical referral and commerce center for Northeast Georgia. We’ve included links for many of our cultural, economic development, educational and government web sites so that you can learn more about our wonderful town, our region and its businesses. Now is the opportune time to invest in the Athens Area, whether in Athens-Clarke County proper or in one of our fine and growing neighboring communities. We’ve got great schools, a highly respected Athens Technical College, top ranked hospitals and physicians, an excellent public school system, an array of private schools, and The Classic Center, host to great performances and conferences. It’s a great time to be in the Athens area and the best time to be a member of the Chamber. Come join us!

Doc Eldridge
President/CEO
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce