Gainesville Business Signs
Gainesville is a city located in the northeastern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Georgia. Prior to European explorations, this area had been inhabited for many hundreds of years by native people. However, in 1540 Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto traveled through the region and not long after, local native society fell out of prominence.
Gainesville, Georgia itself began as “Mule Camp Springs”, an early 1800s settlement established by European-American migrants. Mule Camp Springs was renamed Gainesville, Georgia on April 21st, 1821. The city was named in honor of General Edmund P. Gaines, who had been a hero of the War of 1812 as well as a military surveyor and road-builder. On November 30th, 1821, the Georgia General Assembly chartered Gainesville, Georgia and selected it as the county seat for Hall County.
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Gainesville, Georgia has a total population of 40,000 people. The Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan area, according to that same estimate, has a total population of 179,684 people. One of Gainesville, Georgia’s nicknames is the “Queen City of the Mountains.”
Gainesville, Georgia’s other nickname is “Poultry Capital of the World.” This is due to the undeniable fact that Gainesville, Georgia’s economy is heavily dominated by the poultry producing industry. As reported by the New Georgia Encyclopedia, poultry farming’s domination of Gainesville, Georgia’s economy began just after the ending of the second World War, when a Gainesville, Georgia feed salesman, Jesse Jewell, started up his business. Jewell’s particular poultry farming innovation “was to sell North Georgia farmers baby chicks and feed on credit. Once those chicks had grown, Jewell would then buy back the adult chickens (broilers) at a price covering his costs while also guaranteeing the farmers a profit. Once Jewell signed on enough of these broiler-producing farmers, he was able to invest in his own processing plant and hatchery.”
To this day, the poultry producing industry represents a massive proportion of Gainesville, Georgia’s economy. In fact, in 2013, six of the city’s top ten employers (which amounted to about 7,600 employees) were employed by this industry – that’s nearly a quarter of Gainesville, Georgia’s entire population! Georgia’s statewide poultry producing revenue continues to exceed $3 billion.
Interestingly, according to Gainesville, Georgia’s 2012 City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, a poultry producing plant is not the largest single employer in the city. No, that title belongs to the Northeast Georgia Health System, which is responsible for 5,030 employees. Gainesville, Georgia’s main shopping center is Lakeshore Mall.
Besides poultry, one of Gainesville, Georgia’s largest draws is the Old Hall County Courthouse. The Old Hall County Courthouse, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1937. Architects Daniell & Beutell built this magnificent structure in the stripped classical style of architecture. This courthouse was built after the previous county courthouse was destroyed in a devastating tornado back in 1936. That previous county courthouse had been built in 1884.
Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Gainesville, Georgia area? Or perhaps you do not own a small business yet and are just looking for your chance. Well, look no further! These resources listed below could aid you should you choose to take up the mantle of such a quest:
Apply for a Business License in Gainesville, Georgia:
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center | Gainesville Office:
Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce:
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