Doing Business in Centerville

The City of Centerville is a family friendly community that works closely with our business partners.It is part of a fast growing area of Georgia. With outstanding schools, affordable housing and convenient shopping and dining, Centerville provides an attractive environment for incoming families and businesses. It is home to the Houston County Galleria, the largest retail  in the Warner Robins area.

Centerville is dedicated to ensuring the burgeoning business community in Centerville has the support it needs to be successful. Through our Economic Development department we can help connect you to local and state resources including the VECTR Center, Robins Regional Chamber and The Development Authority of Houston County.

If you are new to Centerville’s Business Community or interested in starting a Business in Centerville we would love to talk with you about availability in our community and support you along this journey! Check out this Market Analysis for the City of Centerville done through a partnership with Georgia Power and NextSite.

For further support from our Economic Development office please contact Director, Kate Hogan, by phone (O) 478.953.4734 (M) 478.283.0958 or via email, khogan@centerville.mgacoxmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Planning:

Centerville is also a proud PlanFirst Community for 2019-2021. The City of Centerville received the PlanFirst Designation from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs at our November 6th Council Meeting. PlanFirst is DCA’s program to recognize and reward communities that clearly demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing our Local Comprehensive Plan. We are excited to be recognized for our diligence in planning and being fiscally responsible for our tax payer’s dollars.

 
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-driven housing and revitalization strategies. With the ongoing support of their Founding Sponsor, the Georgia Power Company, GICH has facilitated progress towards housing stability in 60 communities during its first 12 years.

The support of the GICH partners-the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), the University of Georgia (UGA) Housing and Demographics Research Center, and the UGA Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach-includes ongoing technical assistance, as well as the organization and sponsorship of retreats for the participating communities.

GICH provides a platform for teams to think of creative solutions and network with housing professionals, city officials and staff, as well as community volunteers from across the state. Each year there are 5 communities chosen from those who applied to be a part of the ‘freshmen class’. The City of Centerville submitted its application for this competitive program on August 6, 2018. Our application included letters of support from Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, Chairman of the Houston County Board of Commissioners, Kim Mazo, GICH Team Leader for the City of Warner Robins, Bryan Wood, Perry Housing Team Leader, Cheryl Glover, Resource Development Director for Houston County Habitat for Humanity, and Tian Foss, Executive Director for Houston County Family Connection.

As part of our application we pulled together a team of uniquely qualified individuals from across the nonprofit network in Houston County and community members from our City. On August 22, 2018, our housing team hosted a panel from the GICH program to evaluate our application on a deeper level. The first 45-minutes of the meeting was a question and answer session in which our team was able to bring to life the application submitted. The second-45 minutes was a community bus tour in which we visited the 5 target areas for redevelopment as indicated by our Centerville Housing Assessment done earlier this year. On October 4, 2018, we were notified of our selection to participate in this incredible program. We are part of the 2019 freshmen class with Arlington, Conyers, Smyrna, and Social Circle.

Resources:

Comprenhensive Plan for Houston County

Market Research – Executive Summary

Traffic Count Map-2017

Fee Schedule-2018

Planning and Zoning and Zoning Board of Appeals