While Chattooga County had the slowest population growth in Northwest Georgia according to the Census Numbers released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has been able to maintain it’s manufacturing base – something very unusual in the current economy in Georgia.
Commissioner Jason Winters told the Rome News Tribune over the weekend that he is not worried about the small population growth the county has seen over the past ten years and that the consistency of the county is something that deserves credit.  Winters said that, "Part of the attractiveness of Chattooga County is that we are able to maintain a constant level of growth while maintaining our solid industrial base, yet having a feel of truly going back in time during a visit and not losing the feel of a small town way of life.”
While Chattooga County has battled high unemployment numbers during the current recession, the county has not lost a single manufacturing facility over the past two and one half years.