In Paulding County, we want to maintain Georgia’s reputation for quality infrastructure. That’s why we make it a priority, improving access and connectivity both within and beyond the county.
Paulding County Economic Development supports the goals of the Paulding County Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which assures the county’s transportation system serves travel needs in the short, mid and long term. We also promote transportation improvements in employment centers along major corridors, as well as roadway improvements like the Highway 92 widening project, the new interchange at third Army Road and I-75, and the expansion of U.S. 278.
To spur economic growth and redevelopment, we help the County evaluate its infrastructure needs and its plans to address them. We promote momentous projects like the Richland Creek Reservoir, which will create an independent water supply for the county.
Paulding County has easy access to Interstate 20, which runs east-west from Texas to South Carolina, and Interstate 75, which is a major cross-country route that runs north-south. Travelers can reach both via Highway 92, which the Georgia Department of Transportation is currently widening, and the Windy Hill-Macland Road corridor.
In Paulding County, not only do businesses have access to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, they can utilize our own Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. The regional airport opened in 2008 and contributes $7.2 million annually in economic impact. It will drive even more economic development and employment in its strategic expansion. The plan adds new hangars, taxiways, roadways and other infrastructure, as well as community amenities to meet the anticipated aviation needs of our growing county.
Chattahoochee Technical College Aviation Training Academy
The Aviation Training Academy is located at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. The Academy, which opened its doors in early 2024, prepare students for high-demand careers to repair, service, and maintain the entire aircraft including airframe and powerplant systems and components by preparing them to obtain their Airframe and Powerplant license required by the FAA to maintain aircraft. Additional projected program areas include avionics, aircraft structural technology, and aircraft upholstery.
Georgia has over 4,600 miles of active rail lines and transports more than 196 million tons of freight each year. From Paulding County, businesses have access to the largest rail network in the southeast and direct routes to the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. Norfolk Southern, one of the two Class I railroads in the state, has a facility adjacent to the county and we will explore possible rail spurs in designated industrial areas.
Water & Sewer
The Paulding County Water System provides retail water service through a partnership with the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and treats sewer in Hiram and unincorporated Paulding County. For residents within Dallas city limits, the city of Dallas is responsible for sewer treatment. All customers are billed on a monthly basis for water and sewer fees based on use and the applicable rate per gallon.
Paulding County will soon serve its residents via an independent water source and reduce dependency on Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority. It constructed the Richland Creek Reservoir and water treatment plant, with plans to begin distribution in summer 2021.
Paulding County, like much of Georgia, benefits from a deregulated utility industry that has consistently lower rates than national averages. Georgia Power, Greystone Power, Cobb EMC and Carroll EMC are electrical utility providers that operate in Paulding County.