From the second-largest contiguous industrial park site in the United States to construction of new attractions to a steady flow of new international business investments, LaGrange and Troup County are experiencing astounding growth.
The list of recent economic and quality of life developments in the area is lengthy:
Two Fortune 50 and seven Fortune 500 companies now call the LaGrange area home. With it's central location in the "Southern Research Triangle" of Georgia Tech, Auburn University and Fort Benning in Columbus, GA, Troup County is perfectly situated for companies looking to take advantage of all of the engineering and technical knowledge that those institutions offer.
LaGrange is 45 minutes on I-85 from Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. The area has direct rail access via CSX to ports on the east coast as well as Mobile, Alabama. The available land and infrastructure for continuing success in industry recruitment are all available in Troup County.
Follow these links to read news accounts from industry recruiters and others about positive developments in the area:
Troup Trends quarterly magazine gives readers a great taste of the area. The Development Authority and Chamber both have very useful information on their websites:
“Our community is well-known for its willingness to collaborate. When opportunity presents itself, key stakeholders from every segment ask what they can do to ensure success. The Great Wolf project is proof that teamwork is a critical component to the economic development process in Troup County.” - Page Estes, President of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, from Travel Media Press Room, June 2016.
“When you talk about impact, you’re talking about changing a community forever. That’s what’s happening before us in LaGrange.” - Scott Malone, President of the Development Authority of LaGrange, from WRBL.com, September 2017.
Look around LaGrange and Troup County. From watersports to live music peformances. The area's quality-of-life enhancements parallel its business success and growth.
Downtown restaurants and a new brew pub are teeming with patrons. A new 90-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on the square is opening soon.
For more information on happenings around the LaGrange, West Point and Hogansville areas, follow this link to Troup Trends Magazine.
LaGrange College prepares students to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and moral courage.
Born from a public/private partnership aimed at preparing students for college and to be a part of tomorrow's workforce.
West Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, providing education for a seven-county service area.
Point University is an accredited non-profit university that educates students for Christ-centered service and leadership.
Emory Clark-Holder Clinic strives to meet the medical needs of the community by offering multiple specialties and services.
For various reasons, development of housing options for individuals and families of all income levels has lagged behind the rapid growth of employment that the area has seen in recent years.
TrueSouth interviewed a number of industry and business development leaders, and a need that they consistently cite is housing.
In the November 2016 issue of Troup Trends, Scott Malone, president of the Development Authority of LaGrange, is quoted as saying the following:
"One of the biggest challenges in attracting business here is our housing. I'm spending probably 80 percent of my time on housing, and we're working with developers on overcoming this issue."
Troup's needs include both "affordable housing" and housing that meets the needs of young families and others of moderate to high income levels.
While employment opportuinities continue to flow into the area, many professionals of all age groups who fill those positions are commuting from nearby Newnan, Georgia and the Auburn/Opelika area in Alabama. As one business leader told us, once they set up their lives in these other communities, they tend to stay there. LaGrange and Troup County need housing to attract and keep those people and their families in the area.
In this report from 2015, a local planning group highlighted the need for additional housing.
Here are links to news related to housing in LaGrange. Much of it regards affordable housing, but there is a consistent theme of the need for housing heard in the area: