Founded as a retirement community for Civil War veterans, Fitzgerald has a history like no other southern city and cooperation and collaboration has been a constant since day one. Known in many circles as The Colony City or the Blue-Gray city, our sense of Harmony, History, and Heritage is proudly displayed and have been a key factor in the recruitment and expansion of companies such as Modern Dispersions, Shaw Industries, Polar Beverages, Southern Veneer Products, and many others.
A key factor to our community's growth is our realization that community development and economic development are inseparable. In addition to the various incentives available and the proven history of Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County being one of south Georgia's leading communities in industrial and manufacturing development much effort is placed in loving, nurturing and caring for the community. Just as in the past, we still offer all the advantages of living and working in a place where people still wave and stop to have conversations on the street and a place that allows children to take their time growing up. We are proud of our community and welcome new growth. To prepare for new growth the Fitzgerald Ben Hill Development Authority and the community have a history of investing in land, buildings, and infrastructure in preparation of landing a new industry, giving a start to a budding entrepreneur, and most importantly providing opportunity for our existing industry to grow.
In addition, you'll find that the citizens of Ben Hill County are very active and supportive of the many local activities available to everyone without exclusion every week. They range from Friday night high-school football games that pack Jaycee Stadium, movies, plays, and concerts at the historic Grand Theatre, art camps, festivals such as The Wild Chicken Festival, hot air balloon rides at the Harmony Jubliee, community volunteer efforts such as The Great Day of Service at which hundreds of community volunteers partner with the high school football team to improve aesthetics of the community and perform dozens of community service projects, and unlimited access to the Ocmulgee River and the south Georgia outdoors.
With all we have to offer ... including the wild Burmese chickens that roam downtown and large doses of southern hospitality, there's much to be said for conducting business in a place where Harmony, History, and Heritage are ways of life.