Economic Development

Marion County’s economic development efforts thrive on the tremendous diversity of the business community. From small mom & pop businesses to new manufacturing facilities serving international corporations, Marion County offers ample employment opportunities in a variety of industries.

Grand Opening of Pasaquan October 22, 2016

  • 2200+ visitors in town (38 US States & 15 Countries)
  • 150 Members of Marion Courtesy Corps.
  • 10 Shuttles traveled back and forth from Buena Vista to Pasaquan all day
  • Payne Roofing helped with the new Welcome Center sign

Pea Ridge Arts Fest

April 29, 2017

  • 35 artist exhibitors
  • 64 Courtesy Corps
  • Tours of Pasaquan
  • Entertainment
  • Demonstrations
  • Children’s Interactive Art Area
  • Lemonade Stand

April 28, 2018 – (In addition to the events in 2017)

  • Expanded Children’s Art Area
  • Entertainment on steps of Courthouse
  • 5K Pea Ridge Arts Fest Run (with awards)

Run for Heroes Annual Event

-The Chamber of Commerce for 10 years has hosted this event and teamed up with Odyssey Printing to welcome runners traveling from Savannah GA to Columbus GA.

-Buena Vista has been the ONLY town along their route that has beverages, fruit, hotdogs, water sprinklers, and a welcoming spirit waiting for them.

The Valley Partnership

The Columbus Chamber led the effort in creating and facilitating a regional economic development entity, which today is recognized and known throughout the Southeast as The Valley Partnership. The purpose of The Valley Partnership is to enhance commerce and trade opportunities within the Columbus, Georgia Region.  The Valley Partnership was officially formed in 1997. We currently consist of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County, Harris County, Marion County, Muscogee County, Talbot County and the city of West Point.  In 2000, the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority (VPJDA) was formed. We work diligently to create public/private partnerships that meet the needs of both our businesses and our communities and improve the quality of life at every level.

Valley Partnership Vision

 

  • Creating and sustaining opportunities for business success
  • Optimizing public/private partnerships
  • Developing and supporting industry growth
  • Improving employment opportunities
  • Supporting educational excellence and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Creating a diverse, family-friendly environment with a high quality of life

More information about The Valley Partnership and what they can do for businesses or organizations can be found on the Columbus Georgia Chamber page- https://www.columbusgachamber.com/about-us

Businesses

On the Square:

  • People’s Bank of Georgia
  • Front Porch Coffee Club
  • Front Porch Inn-Magnolia Cottage
  • Fox Hall
  • Buena Vista Veterinary Clinic
  • Soul’s Café
  • Lynn’s Interiors
  • Harvest Insurance
  • Baxter Paints
  • On the Square Coffee Shop
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Carol Eason Dance Studio
  • DS Divas Apparel and Clothing
  • Screen Printing
  • Maxwell Automotive
  • Family Connections

Off the Square:

  • Hidden Treasures Consignment Shop

Outside City Limits:

  • Eagle Foods
  • Phoenix Fitness Center
  • Magnolia Manor Adult Living

In Progress:

  • Mexican Grocery Store
  • Dollar General (Mauk/Oakland area)
  • Phoebe Primary Care in Buena Vista
  • Swamp Fox Distilling Co.

Marion County’s economic development efforts thrive on the tremendous diversity of the business community. From small mom & pop businesses to new manufacturing facilities serving international corporations, Marion County offers ample employment opportunities in a variety of industries.

Medical Facilities

Phoebe Primary Care of Buena Vista

  • Phoebe Medical Center (Headquarters in Albany) is building/sponsoring a 10,000 square foot Phoebe Primary Care of Buena Vista.
  • The plans have been developed, 25 acres of land has been purchased and groundbreaking will take place soon.
  • There will be two physicians on site as well as a medical support team. Contributing physicals will be on-site each week for special needs (ObGyn, etc.) Varies tests will be made on site, hence preventing the need for travel to other cities for testing.
  • An educational center will be provided for programs to education the public with health information. This is a great asset for our citizens.

Magnolia Manor Marion Nursing Home Multi-Million Dollar Renovation/Addition

This includes the following renovation and additions:

  • Renovation of main entrance to create functional reception area and office space for Consultation with residents and families.
  • Fully equipped rehabilitation area/program for residents and members of the community.
  • Garden with uneven walking paths to help persons recovering from strokes or surgery to build strength and learn new balance techniques.
  • 14-bed specialized memory care unit with an enclosed garden area that allows residents to enjoy the outdoors without fear of getting lost. (CDC expects number of Americans with memory issues to triple by 2050. This new program is a timely addition to the services of Magnolia Manor of Marion County.)

Preservation and Restoration

-Restorations:

  • The Historic Charles Clements Hardware and Mortuary building (Now Fox Hall on the Square)
  • Vintage 1930s Texaco Service Station on the Square:
  • Stevens Warehouse (Now Swamp Fox Distilling Co. Inc)
  • Myrtles Beauty Shop building (Now a part of Jay Wells Attorney at Law)

-Tazewell Community:

  • Studying preservation options / Plans for Possible Historic School Restoration