Economic Impacts

According to Chris Carr, commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, DeKalb County continues to trend positively in economic development:According to Chris Carr, commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, DeKalb County continues to trend positively in economic development:

Global Commerce:

  • 38 locations/projects
  • $199,850,000 in investment
  • 7,314 jobs

International Trade:

  • According to the Census Bureau, 2014 exports from DeKalb totaled $811 million
  • DeKalb ranks third among top exporting counties in Metro Atlanta
  • Georgia's trade team has worked with more than 80 DeKalb County exporters since 2014, helping close dozens of export deals in diverse markets from Canada, and Colombia to Singapore, Paraguay and South Africa


  • Supported 12,645 jobs
  • Generated $ 1.3 billion in direct travel spending
  • Generated $ 37.3 million in local tax revenues

Click here for the article, "Georgia’s Commissioner of Economic Development says state, DeKalb are thriving" [SOURCE: Dyana Bagby, Reporter Newspapers, March 26, 2016]



The Decide DeKalb Development Authority was tasked with managing the implementation of the 2014 DeKalb County Economic Development Strategic Plan prepared by Angelou Economics. Seven task force groups were established to identify specific recommendations, timeframes, primary owners and costs. These groups included:

  • Community Enhancements (CE)
  • Existing Business and Entrepreneurship (EE)
  • Incentives and Policy Reform (IP)
  • Marketing and Branding (MB)
  • Real Estate and Product Development (RE)
  • Tourism and Culture (TC)
  • Transportation and Infrastructure (TI)

Decide DeKalb (DA) was also responsible for developing recommendations primarily focused on the organization’s structure and scope of work. Approximately 100 partners and stakeholders participated in the entire process from May to December 2015. Decide DeKalb reviewed and enhanced the draft recommendations from January to June 2016. The final plan is named DeKalb Thrives to reflect the growth and prosperity DeKalb County residents, stakeholders and visitors will experience as a result of successful implementation. 

DOWNLOAD our "DeKalb Thrives" final strategic plan recommendations.

DOWNLOAD the DeKalb County Government Economic Development Strategic Plan prepared by Angelou Economics in 2014.


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