The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) is a sub-state district created by local governments in 1962 under provisions of Georgia Enabling Law. The purpose of the GMRC is to locally promote and guide proper development of human, natural, physical, social and economic resources in the Georgia Mountains Region. The area covers 3,500 square miles, and includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties.

The GMRC offers a wide variety of services to its 51 local governments, which include 13 counties and 38 municipalities. The GMRC works with these entities to formulate goals and strategies for area growth and development. Upon request, the GMRC provides a variety of technical assistance that will improve community services and the quality of life for Georgia Mountains residents.

The GMRC is guided by a forty-four (44) member Council and is composed of individuals appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker and one county elected official, one city elected official and one private sector individual from each of our 13 counties.  City, County and private sector representatives are chosen by the cities and counties they represent.  The Council is responsible for all policy decisions.

The GMRC interacts with many agencies at regional, state, and federal levels. These agencies work with the GMRC to coordinate and complement the delivery of services to governments and citizens of the Georgia Mountains area.

The GMRC is funded by a variety of sources, including federal, state, and local funds. The annual RC budget is reviewed and approved by the Council.

The GMRC focuses its broad scope of responsibility through the following departments: Planning, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Information Services, Finance and Administration.

On July 1, 2009, Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center was renamed Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.  This event was part of the State of Georgia’s restructuring of it’s regional boundaries.



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1310 West Ridge Road

PO Box 1720

Gainesville, Georgia 30503

(770)538-2626  Fax (770)538-2625

Text Box: Administration
Text Box: Economic Development
Text Box: Information Services
Text Box: WorkSource Georgia Mountains
Text Box: Planning

Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Mission Statement:

To serve the local governments of the Georgia Mountains Region by improving the quality of life through economic development, community planning, information technology, and workforce development to support and enhance the region’s prosperity.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact:         John Atwood

August 28, 2017                                                                                 202-482-4085



U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Help Bring Major

Foreign-owned Manufacturing Firm to Commerce


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the city of Commerce, Georgia, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate an internationally-owned agri-food processing company and other businesses at the Banks Crossing Business Park. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 49 jobs and spur $28 million in private investment. 


“I commend the local efforts which attracted a French-owned food processing company to Commerce’s Banks Crossing Business Park,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The improved location will bring substantial foreign direct investment and quality manufacturing employment to the region as well as help attract other new businesses to Commerce.”

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. EDA helps fund the commission to bring together the public and private sections to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.


About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.