Why choose Suwanee?
If you’re thinking about relocating, building, or expanding your business, there are many great reasons to consider Suwanee, Georgia.
- Suwanee offers a great quality of life for both businesses and employees.
- We’ll work with you to ensure that you are aware of varied local, county, and state incentives.
- The Development Authority of Gwinnett County offers Industrial Revenue Bond financing.
- The Georgia Business Expansion Support Act provides qualifying businesses with state income tax credits in a variety of areas.
- Under the state incentive program, eligible businesses in Gwinnett County can take advantage of job tax credits.
- Inducements are available through Gwinnett County for select businesses. For more information, call 678/377-4100.
- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), headquartered at the University of Georgia, provides business consulting and continuing education opportunities to entrepreneurs throughout Georgia. www.sbdc.uga.edu
- Programs for new and operating small businesses also are offered through the Small Business Administration (SBA). www.sbaonline.sba.gov
- The City of Suwanee is favorably regarded for its friendly, efficient service that minimizes red tape and maximizes your time and investment.
- Our community and economic development manager will be happy to work with you to find the right “home” from among available spaces for your business.
- Gwinnett County is consistently rated among the nation’s best in economic strength.
- Suwanee residents are highly educated and skilled. More than three-quarters of adults over 25 have some college education; nearly 46 percent have a bachelor’s or more advanced degree.
- Gwinnett County’s current labor force is approaching 400,000 and includes more bioscience employees than any other county in Georgia.
- One of the fastest-growing counties in metro Atlanta over the past 30 years, Gwinnett County has a AAA bond rating. The City of Suwanee also has a AAA rating from S&P.
- One of the Southeast’s leading high-tech hubs, Gwinnett County is also a leading research and development center.
- The Atlanta region is the major center of commerce in the South. Among the national and international companies headquartered in the area are The Coca-Cola Company, Home Deport, UPS, Delta Airlines, Equifax, Georgia-Pacific, and Chick-Fil-A.
- Several progressive, high-tech firms have locations in Suwanee, among them Dish Network, Echo Star, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Mitsubishi Electric.
- The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is currently undertaking a five-year strategic community and economic development plan, designed to bring 65,400 new jobs and $5.8 billion in new net wealth to the county.
- The City of Suwanee offers 100 percent Freeport tax exemption for manufacturers and distributors.
- Georgia currently is transitioning to a sales-only corporate income tax rate, the first state in the Southeast to do so.
- Georgia boasts low real estate costs, property tax rate, and energy costs.
- Suwanee’s business/occupational tax rate ranges from 0.00040-0.00090.
- Located on Interstate 85, Suwanee provides easy and convenient access to downtown Atlanta and the region.
- Suwanee is only 40 minutes north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.
- More than 80 percent of the continental United States population is within a two-hour flight of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson.
- Nearby Briscoe Field provides access to convenient private flights.
- Rail connections all over the continent are provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation.
- We’re located in the bustling metro Atlanta region, close to the North Georgia mountains, lakes, downtown cultural amenities, and professional sporting events. We have the best of big-city vibrancy and small-town community.
- Suwanee is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the Atlanta region.
- Suwanee has a variety of housing options to fit an array of lifestyles. The median home value for the area is $245,000, but with options in all price ranges. Out-of-state buyers are usually pleasantly surprised at the amount of house they can get for their money.
- North Georgia enjoys all four seasons, with an abundance of spring flowers and typically only a trace of the white, fluffy stuff in the winter. OK, we’ll admit that it can get a little warm and sticky during the summer months (the average high during the summer is in the upper 80s); but consider our mild winters, where the average high during the coldest month of January is 52.
- Suwanee residents have access to the latest medical technologies and specialty services at local hospitals. Two Gwinnett Hospital System facilities are within 10 minutes of Suwanee in either direction. And world-class medical facilities, such as Emory University and Northside hospitals, and world-renowned physicians are close-by, too.
- Southern hospitality isn’t a myth; it’s alive and well in Suwanee. Despite our rapid growth, Suwanee has managed to maintain its small-town feel and sense of neighborliness.
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- The Gwinnett County school system is widely regarded as the best in the state. Suwanee students attend the best of the best as evidenced by high test scores and other school achievements.
- Suwanee is just 15 minutes from Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Tech and nearly as close to numerous world-class universities.
- The Atlanta area is home to more than 30 institutions of higher education, among the most prominent of which are Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Oglethorpe University. The University of Georgia in Athens is less than an hour northeast of Suwanee.
- Gwinnett Technical College recently was named a co-recipient of a $1.9 million grant for the establishment of the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute, which will serve to advance bioscience educational opportunities.
- Atlanta offers an almost endless supply of entertainment opportunities: concerts, Broadway shows, world-class restaurants, sporting events, theater, the symphony, dance performances, art galleries, nightspots, museums, the Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Centennial Olympic Park, and Zoo Atlanta, to name just a few.
- Gwinnett County has “grown up” in recent years, providing top-notch entertainment as well—including concert performances (from George Strait to Christina Aguilera), sporting competitions, and special events—at the nearby Arena at Gwinnett Center.
- Suwanee is located in the midst of some of Gwinnett County’s best shopping. The Mall of Georgia and Discover Mills are just up or down, respectively, one interstate exit from Suwanee.
- Whatever your sport, you can root, root, root for the Atlanta home team. Atlanta has professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey franchises. The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts two Nextel Cup races each year.
- While the proximity of the big city offers major league sporting entertainment, Suwanee and Gwinnett County offer the thrill of professional home teams as well. The ABA’s Atlanta Vision shoots at the Suwanee Sports Academy, and the Gwinnett Gladiators take to the ice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, only 10 minutes from Suwanee.
- Like your fun a little more “natural”? Suwanee offers plenty of that with its great parks, but there’s no need to stop there. Lake Lanier is only 15 minutes up the road and the beautiful North Georgia Mountains are less than an hour away.
- There are numerous golf courses in the area “fore” your playing pleasure, including one of only five “Bear’s Best” courses nationwide.
- Suwanee is a progressive, friendly community known throughout the state for preserving greenspace and creating new parks. We have more than 500 acres of parkland and miles of walking and biking trails.
- Suwanee is widely considered a regional leader for its proactive, smart-growth management and development.
- Suwanee is a safe community with police officers who interact regularly with residents and business owners.
- Town Center functions as the community’s front yard and is the gathering place for free concerts, movies, and festivals. In 2007, the City of Suwanee will host about two dozen free community events.
- Suwanee has won more than 30 regional and state awards over the past three years for excellence in community policing, community involvement, economic development, events, financial reporting, parks, and planning.
- Teamwork abounds with numerous opportunities for recreational and competitive sports available for youth.
- The Suwanee community cares—about its parks and natural environment, smart growth, and about others. Our community came together to build PlayTown Suwanee, one of the City’s new award-winning parks in just five days. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Suwanee adopted the City of Long Beach, Mississippi, and, through a special community event, raised more than $25,000 for the ravaged Gulf Coast town.
Consider these comments from City of Suwanee residents and business owners:
“I wouldn't live anywhere else in the greater Atlanta area. We don't get caught in traffic going to the grocery store, our kids have a ton of parks and greenspace to play in, we have one of the largest recreational soccer leagues in the country, and the whole town turns up all summer long to celebrate at Town Center concerts and fund-raising events. We are a community that is family-oriented, connected to our neighbors, and proud of where we live, work and play.”
“Suwanee has really changed over these 14 years from rural to suburban, but they've done a great job and it's been developed very nicely. The Suwanee parks and the Suwanee Greenway are fabulous. We did a lot of house-hunting before we moved here, but we've never second guessed our decision to make Suwanee our new hometown, and we really enjoy living here.”
“The people in Suwanee are friendly and supportive of my business. Everyone who works for the City of Suwanee is helpful and easy to work with. I have developed wonderful friendships and business associations with many of the people I have met through the Suwanee Business Alliance.”
“We have every shopping, restaurant, and leisure activity we need within a 30-minute drive. And of course we love the people. The city leaders have a fascinating and fresh plan for controlled growth that enhances property values better than any other metro community.”
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“The growth and quality of life in Suwanee are phenomenal but balanced. Suwanee is the center of so much that is going right in Gwinnett. We love living and working here!"
“Sitting in Town Center under a starlit night listening to music, looking around to see who is there, watching children run and play, knowing their parents can feel comfortable letting them, and relaxing after a hard work week—this is just not something you can get in every town.”
“My family moved to Suwanee 13 years ago and it has been the best move I have ever made in my life. This is a beautiful area. The people are friendly and family-oriented. The local city government and staff are very responsive to the citizens.”
“Everything is nearby and very convenient for a busy family. We love the new park, the bike trails, and are very excited about the new restaurants coming to town. Best of all though is the community spirit! We all take pride in our fair city and it truly shows!”