About the GGIC

    Thank you for visiting the Georgia Grown Innovation Center website. We are excited about the opportunities for agribusinesses that are available through this unique partnership.


    The City of Metter is the first “Georgia Grown Community” in the state. The city has fully incorporated Georgia Grown into its economic development strategy. The city offers programs and incentives to create a business-friendly environment that showcases agriculture, food, and retail businesses that embrace the vision of Georgia Grown and Metter Made products. The new Georgia Grown Innovation Center (GGIC) is a part of that Georgia Grown campaign.

    The City of Metter partnered with Georgia Grown and Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group to create the GGIC, a business incubator, that would focus on agriculture.  This amazing synergy supports agri-business locally, regionally and throughout the state.

    The Business Innovation Group (BIG) is the business outreach program for the University that is committed to developing a vibrant entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem for the southeast region. BIG provides resources for students and entrepreneurs to gain skills and training necessary to understand business principles, experience how businesses operate and successfully launch new enterprises.

    Georgia Grown is the economic development arm for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The brand is one of the finest in the United States and is recognized globally. The program identifies opportunities for businesses through state programs, partners, branding, provides technical industry expertise, collaborative research, and partnerships to help the industry connect, compete, and grow.

    Physical benefits of the GGIC include a fully furnished office space, fiber internet and wi-fi, meeting room use, visibility on the website, co-working space, access to AV equipment, and controlled access to a secure building. Developmental benefits include coaching, market research, access to university faculty and students, mentoring, networking events, workshops, and technical support.


25 South Terrell Street, Metter Georgia 30439