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A Note from the Mayor

Over 25 years ago, Commerce was named a “City on the Right Track” and it has certainly lived up to its title. We have one of the oldest Downtown Development Authorities in Georgia and many storefronts have façade improvements due to a Matching Grant Program that is funded by local banks. In addition, we have invested considerably in modernizing infrastructure and updating our utilities over the last decade. Our 85 Industrial Park is complete and contains the largest building for a potential new business in Jackson County with almost one million square feet of indoor space. It also features multiple other tracts that have easy access to I-85 and utilities in place. Our waste water treatment facility and our high-pressure natural gas main that runs from Athens have been updated to double our current level of service capacity.  We have added city-sponsored recycling and purchased land for a new recreation facility. The new Commerce Business Development Center and our Civic Center offer space tailoring to small social engagements or larger exhibitions. Finally, I have to mention our schools. The Commerce City School System features new middle and high School buildings and currently spends more local money per child than any other system in Jackson County.

Commerce has enjoyed tremendous growth and improvement through community development activities. We have accomplished this while enjoying one of the lowest property tax rates in Jackson County and  competitive utility rates for our citizens. I moved my family to Commerce from Atlanta over 10 years ago and it was the best decision of my life.

Let me extend to you a warm welcome and an invitation to visit, invest, or move your family to Commerce.

J. Clark Hill III, MD
Mayor