Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.

Information Technology

  • More than 50,400 are employed in the IT industry in the Cherokee County market area

  • Topping the national average, Cherokee County was one of five Georgia counties named an Innovation Economy

  • Georgia offers a sales tax exemption for computer equipment for companies investing at least $15,000,000 annually

  • Atlanta was the #1 city for engineering jobs in 2015

  • Fresh Start Cherokee provides educational programming and support for startups in Cherokee County

  • IT companies in Georgia have connectivity through 500,000 fiber optic lines

The Information Technology (“IT”) sector typically includes companies that provide services such as software support, computer and software systems design, data processing facilities management and data storage.

Qualified Workforce

  • 42 percent of residents in Cherokee County hold an Associates degree or higher and 24 percent of residents hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Within a 30-minute drive time of Canton (the county seat of Cherokee County), there is a population of approximately 519,000 and within a 60-minute drive time of Canton there is a population of more than 3 million.
  • There are an estimated 391 IT establishments located in Cherokee County.
  • More than 50,400 workers are employed in the IT industry in the Cherokee County Market Area.
  • The IT industry is projected to grow 7 percent between 2017 and 2022 in the Cherokee County Market Area.
  • Exponential growth is projected in a variety of occupations in this sector including: Software Developers, Applications; Computer User Support Specialists; Software Developers, Systems Software; and Computer Systems Analysts.
  • Georgia leads the nation with more than 225 Health Information Technology companies.
  • The nearby Georgia Institute for Technology (Georgia Tech) offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in computing and engineering programs.
  • The Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security and Privacy offers twelve degree pathways for cybersecurity professionals across electrical and computer engineering, computer science and public policy programs.
  • Nearby Kennesaw State University offers degrees through programs in computer science, information technology and software engineering and game development.
  • Chattahoochee Technical College offers degrees through programs in computer information systems and digital media technologies.
  • Atlanta was the number one city for engineering jobs in 2015 according to SpareFoot.
  • The Atlanta region is the number three metro area for STEM professionals by highest quality engineering universities.

Cost of Doing Business

  • Georgia has the second lowest cost of doing business, according to CNBC’s Top States for Doing Business.
  • Georgia offers a sales tax exemption for computer equipment for company’s investing at least $15 million annually.

Premier developed business parks in Cherokee County include The Bluffs at Technology Park, a 700-acre master-planned mixed-use community located in Canton and Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, which is 172-acres.

The Bluffs at Technology Park

Quality of Place

  • There are ample cultural, recreational, and entertainment amenities in Cherokee County including:
    • Endless hiking and biking trails
    • Lake Allatoona
    • Chukkar Farm Polo Club
    • Pristine golf courses
    • The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village
    • Falany Performing Arts Center
  • Northside Hospital recently completed a $286 million campus in Canton.
  • Fresh Start Cherokee provides educational programming and support for startups in Cherokee County.
  • The Circuit, located in Woodstock, provides a physical gathering space for entrepreneurs and startups.

Other Highlights

  • Cherokee County was one of five Georgia counties named an Innovation Economy that tops the nation average.
  • Atlanta has outpaced Austin, San Diego, Research Triangle and Denver/Boulder in attracting private investment funding and total mergers and acquisition deals in the last two years.
  • IT companies locating in Georgia have connectivity through 500,000 fiber optics lines including the nation’s two largest fiber-optic trunk routes.
  • Georgia’s geographic location makes it less vulnerable to hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.