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.

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
  • Annie D’s
  • Fox Hall
  • Buena Vista Veterinary Clinic
  • Soul’s Café
  • Lynn’s Interiors
  • Harvest Insurance
  • Baxter Paints
  • On the Square Coffee Shop
  • Swamp Fox Distilling Co.
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Carol Eason Dance Studio
  • DS Divas Apparel and Clothing
  • Screen Printing
  • Maxwell Automotive
  • Family Connections
  • Mexican Grocery Store

Off the Square:

  • Hidden Treasures Consignment Shop
  • Kane’s Restaurant – Sign of the Dove

Outside City Limits:

  • Dollar General (Mauk/Oakland area)
  • Eagle Foods
  • Phoebe Primary Care
  • Phoenix Fitness Center
  • Magnolia Manor Adult Living
  • Oakcrest Lumber

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

  • A 10,000 square foot facility that is an extension of Phoebe Medical Center (Headquarters in Albany)
  • 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 for programs to educate the public with health information. 

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

  • 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