Located approximately 90 miles northeast of Atlanta along Interstate I-85, Hart County is situated in the heart of the rapidly developing I-85 Growth Corridor between Atlanta, Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The county is named after local Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart, and is the only county in Georgia named for a woman. The county includes the cities of Hartwell and Bowersville as well as over 200 miles of scenic shoreline along Lake Hartwell.
Traditionally, Hart County has had a rural economy based on textile manufacturing and agriculture. In recent years, economic trends resulted in the shift of textile manufacturing overseas, resulting in job loss within the community. A regional pro-business approach to economic development including industrial park development, infrastructure and airport expansion, and investments in education has attracted new industry and is positioning Hart County for the future.
Lake Hartwell, excellent quality of life, and the strategic location of Hart County along the I-85 corridor has attracted an increasing number of tourists, retirees, and second-home owners to the area. The community’s priorities center on opportunities and challenges related to economic development and visioning for the future of Hart County. The efforts of the Hart County Archway Partnership focus on these areas, including education and workforce development, tourism, long-term planning, and leadership. Local Hart County Archway partners include the City of Hartwell, Hart County Board of Commissioners, Hart County Board of Education, Hart County Chamber of Commerce, Hart County Hospital, and the Hart County Industrial Building Authority.