Infrastructure

Jackson County has the infrastructure in place to make businesses a success.  From state of the art telecommunication to superb utilities to major interstates, state highways, and rail service, Jackson County has it all.

Telecommunication:

The primary telecommunication provider in Jackson County is Windstream Communications.  Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN), headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 communications and technology company with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles.

Available services include:

  • Ethernet Internet Access from 3M to 1G
  • MPLS Networking
  • Private Line
  • ISDN PRI
  • VoIP Solutions
  • ISDN 128K LAN
  • Network Security
  • Data Center Solutions
  • Phone Systems
  • Inside Wiring

Customers may also choose Comcast, AT&T, or One Ring Networks as their telecommunications provider within select areas of Jackson County. 

Utilities:

Power:
There are three providers of electricity in Jackson County. Georgia Power, Jackson EMC, and the City of Commerce.

Through the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's (MEAG) statewide transmission and power generation system, the City of Commerce can reliably serve any size electrical load while maintaining a lower cost of service than most of its competitors. Commerce's electrical distribution system is presently served from an integrated network of four substations. Electric customers in excess of 900 KW demand may choose to have Commerce supply power even when locating in unincorporated areas of Jackson County.Commerce currently serves over 2700 customers and looks forward to serving you.

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.35 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.


Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, one of the largest electric cooperatives in Georgia and the nation, is headquartered in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 204,400 meters and nearly 193,000 individual accounts.

Water:
There are seven different providers of water in Jackson County. The municipalities of Braselton, Commerce, Hoschton, Jefferson, Maysville, and Nicholson have their own water systems; however the Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority is the largest provider of water in the county and serves most of the unincorporated areas of the county including the municipalities of Arcade, Pendergrass, and Talmo. Click here for a map of the water lines in Jackson County and click here for a map of the sewer lines.

Natural Gas:
Depending upon their location, natural gas customers in Georgia can purchase gas from one of three types of providers-an investor-owned local distribution company, a natural gas marketer or a municipal gas system.   The Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) maintains a list of currently approved gas marketers for the State of Georgia. You can contact the GPSC by calling 800-282-5813 or visiting their website.

Transportation:

Jackson County is a logistical dream for businesses.  With easy access to state highways, interstates and airports, transportation of goods and providing services is a breeze.

Interstates and State Highways:
Interstate 85 runs through Jackson County and with 5 exits. Jackson County is also a network of several major national and Georgia state highways.  US-441 provides 4-lane access to I-16 and the port of Savannah, while US-129 offers a 4-lane connection between Jackson County and Athens & Gainesville.
Georgia Highways 11, 15, 53, 59, 60, 82, 98, 124, 211, 332, and 334 all run through Jackson County allowing for faster, smarter and more economical travelling.

Airports: 
The Jackson County Airport (FAA Identifier: 19A) is located near I-85 and outside of Atlanta's class "B" airspace.  Under the watchful eye of the Jackson County Airport Authority, the airport has undergone several recent improvements, the most crucial being an extension of the runway to 5,000 feet.  Several more improvements are plannned. 

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, the world's busiest airport, is within 70 miles of the county seat.  Businesses can reach 80% of the U.S. market within two hours and any major North American city in just one to four hours. International flights depart daily from Atlanta to 43 cities in 32 countries, including nonstop service to the world's major business capitals.

Jackson County is only and hour and a half away from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which serves more than 1.8 million passengers per year and offers daily flights to 15 major cities and 18 airports across the US.

Rail:
Jackson County is home to rail from both CSX and Norfolk Southern.  To view a map of Georgia's Rail System, please click here.

Ports:
The Port of Savannah, located approximately 250 miles from the City of Jefferson (County Seat), specializes in the handling of container, reefer, breakbulk and RoRo cargoes.

The Port of Brunswick, located approximately 285 miles from the City of Jefferson (County Seat), specializes in the handling of breakbulk, agri-bulk, and RoRo cargoes.