A great diversity of businesses have chosen to locate in Dahlonega-Lumpkin County.

Target Industries

The Development Authority of Lumpkin County is focused and works daily in collaboration with regional partners and community leaders to recruit, assist, and support industries related to Light Manufacturing, Professional Services, Headquarters, Healthcare & Social Services, and Tourism.

Light Manufacturing

Lumpkin County has a total of 32 manufacturing businesses. This accounts for 8.5% of the jobs in Lumpkin County and makes manufacturing the number one employer in all of the goods-producing industries. Manufacturing jobs pay on average nearly $20,000 more annually than the other leading employment industries in Lumpkin County.

Many of the Lumpkin County manufacturing businesses have expanded their workforce development initiatives through partnerships with educational institutions in the region, such as with the Lumpkin County High School Work-Based Learning Program.

Professional Services

With ongoing research and new product developments, Northeast Georgia is one of the most innovative regions in the country.

The University of North Georgia’s major in cybersecurity prepares a workforce to protect and defend industry, government, military data, and networks.


Lumpkin County is a family-friendly community with numerous outdoor recreation opportunities and excellent schools.

The community has an overall business environment and quality of life that is an attractive location for businesses to locate and for employees to enjoy!

Male nurse pushing stretcher gurney bed in hospital corridor with doctors and senior female patient

Healthcare & Wellness

In partnership with Lumpkin County School System, University of North Georgia, Lanier Technical College, and Northeast Georgia Health Systems, Lumpkin County provides the innovative talent to harness the growth of various sectors of life science including health information technology, research & development, and medical manufacturing. The region’s demographics provide the life sciences industry with a young workforce and a growth market of those needing healthcare services in the same region.

With the announcement of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) – Lumpkin campus to be opened in 2023, the healthcare sector of Lumpkin County is expected to grow. NGMC-Lumpkin will become the fourth campus of Northeast Georgia Health System. As this sector continues to grow, the Development Authority of Lumpkin County will facilitate collaboration among private companies, regional higher educational institutions, and service providers.

Looking through the grape trees at Montaluce Vineyard, located in Dahlonega.

Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Recreation

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County has been riding a wave of success as a tourism destination for more than a decade. When gold was discovered in the early 1800s, Dahlonega ballooned from a tiny hills community to a rough and tumble mining boomtown.

The new gold, tourism, has taken Dahlonega to new economic heights, thanks to an idyllic and dynamic downtown; the perfect place for getaway travel, weekend retreats, family vacations, and destination weddings; an appealing place for aficionados of all things wine; and for those who appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

Dahlonega is the center of Lumpkin County’s recreation and tourism. Throughout the year, the City of Dahlonega hosts arts venues, holiday/community events, and outdoor music.

Georgia DOL Lumpkin County Reports

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