HCDA Deal of the YearTime and time again, Houston County proves to be the cream of the crop. On November 14th over thirty Houston County business leaders gathered at the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) 2016 Awards Luncheon in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1963, the GEDA is a non-profit organization that serves as the voice for economic development professionals in the southeastern U.S to better reflect interests and services that promote job creation and community prosperity.

This year, our very own Houston County Development Authority was awarded “Deal of the Year” in the Large Population Category for an “outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia”. The Sandler Nonwoven Corporation project will play a pivotal role in economic prosperity in Houston County. The project is expected to create 250+ direct, indirect, and induced jobs with a projected economic impact of $90 million in the local community.  The Sandler Nonwoven Corporation is a family owned and operated company, currently one of the largest nonwoven manufacturers in the world.  The company says they chose Perry and Houston County because of excellence in workforce, transportation, and quality of life. Sandler Nonwoven Corporation will be planting its roots in Perry, Georgia at 401 Airport Rd.


Every year, the GEDA recognizes excellence in economic development through five awards:

  • Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence
  • Governor Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award Honorary Life Member
  • Deal of the Year

These awards are recognized in four categories: Small Population (communities of 50,000 and under), Medium Population (communities with population 50,001 – 100,000), Large Population (a community with over 100,000), and Regional (any multi-county effort).