The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission works with member governments to promote strong economic and community development. Technical assistance is provided for industry retention and business recruitment and other services designed to strengthen local economic and community development initiatives, in addition to the application and administration of grants. An emphasis is placed on projects that create jobs and opportunities for business expansions and may include community facilities, tourism development, social and physical infrastructure, and workforce development activities. The overall goal of the Economic Development Department is to sustain and promote a thriving economy for the citizens and businesses of Southwest Georgia.
The Regional Commission has served as a designated Economic Development District since 1967 and administers the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) required by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Economic Development Department works with state and federal agencies to secure economic and community development based grants and loans for Southwest Georgia communities.
The Department meets with the Southwest Georgia Chamber Council as needed to discuss economic development issues, project sharing, and best management practices. SWGRC's Economic Development program focuses on the improvement of the economic condition of both businesses and communities in Southwest Georgia. This program works to facilitate local and regional projects that will promote economic development and job creation as well as the planning and development of industrial park sites. The Economic Development program also provides research and marketing services for communities to draw new business in the area.