Small businesses thrive in this ever-growing economy. A variety of retail businesses, antiques and
specialty shops, lodging facilities, restaurants and convenience stores are located in Dooly
County. A service of the University of Georgia Business Outreach Services is the Small Business
Development Center Network. Consulting services are available on starting, relocating, or expanding
a business; continuing education; research; and economic development for small businesses. This
service is available through the Chamber of Commerce office free of charge.
A strong agricultural base is the foundation of Dooly County's economy. Total farm income in 1996
exceeded $88 million and agri-related businesses are numerous: cotton gins; fertilizer businesses;
crop dusting businesses; farm equipment sales and service; irrigation materials sales and service;
crop warehousing; and a cotton seed oil mill. More than 60% of the county's 397 square miles is
used as crop land or forest land.
In addition to agri-business, the community's economy is strengthened by its industries: Tyson
Foods Poultry Processing; Lineage Services; and Flex Tech Manufacturing.
The location is a primary attraction for industrial recruitment in Dooly County. In addition to the
service of two rail systems, the community is strategically located on U.S. Highway 41 and
Additional incentives include a $3,500 job tax credit, two industrial tracts, low utility rates,
Quick Start Job Training Program, easy accessibility to technical schools and universities, plus
county and city governments who are willing to discuss other valuable amenities.
When Georgia was settled in 1732, the founding fathers sowed the seeds of our agricultural legacy.
Today, agriculture remains the largest segment of Georgia's economy. For Georgians, agriculture
isn't just a way to make a living, it is a way of life.
The same is true for Dooly County. Leading the state for years in cotton
production, Dooly County is also a leader in the production of peanuts and other commodities.
The county's geography as well as its climate provide perfect conditions for a diversity of
The Georgia Forestry Commission operates two nursery complexes in the state that can produce 100
million seedlings per year. One of these two nurseries is located in Dooly County and has 832 acres
and the capacity to produce up to 80 million seedlings per year while maintaining recommended crop
rotation and land management.