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Old 06-10-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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Yes, that is true & the fact that a lot of sun belt states also share in that trend is a fact of which many sun belt state residents, particularly those who live in the midst of booming urban areas, frankly are unaware.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:06 PM
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Yes, that is true & the fact that a lot of sun belt states also share in that trend is a fact of which many sun belt state residents, particularly those who live in the midst of booming urban areas, frankly are unaware.
Recall reading something that over half of the Texas counties were losing population despite the metro areas and border areas booming.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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Its pretty similar around the country. Agricultural areas are losing people.
That's true, but that's not the same as the small metro and micro areas losing population. Different dynamics.

Smaller metro/micro areas have limited opportunities and challenges attracting talent or companies because of lack of talent. If something happens in these areas it's a plant opening.

Rural areas are inherently limited.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:18 PM
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That's true, but that's not the same as the small metro and micro areas losing population. Different dynamics.

Smaller metro/micro areas have limited opportunities and challenges attracting talent or companies because of lack of talent. If something happens in these areas it's a plant opening.

Rural areas are inherently limited.
Most (but not all) of the micropolitan areas have an economy dependent on agriculture.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:24 PM
 
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Not really. Many had some form of industry - with industry gone they are dead towns surrounded by farms.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:40 PM
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Not really. Many had some form of industry - with industry gone they are dead towns surrounded by farms.
I'll disagree. I can't think of anyplace south of Atlanta in Georgia that isn't ultimately driven by the farm economy. Maybe Moultrie made socks, but it was still basically the farming.

Some of the industry related to the farms like chicken processing or peanut processing.

Sometimes the agriculture is forestry.

There are certainly exceptions like Dalton that was based on the carpet industry.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I'll disagree. I can't think of anyplace south of Atlanta in Georgia that isn't ultimately driven by the farm economy. Maybe Moultrie made socks, but it was still basically the farming.

Some of the industry related to the farms like chicken processing or peanut processing.

Sometimes the agriculture is forestry.

There are certainly exceptions like Dalton that was based on the carpet industry.
Griffin was the sock place... Dundee Mills.

Most of the textile industry that grew a lot of places like Griffin, Thomaston, LaGrange... Gone. LaGrange has done a good job of diversifying. Agriculture is not big business, at least not like it was until you go south of the gnat line. Most of the agriculture in my neck of the woods... Meriwether and Troup counties... has gone away. Most old farms are now growing timber. Some small time farming here and there but nothing like it was in my youth.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:27 PM
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Griffin was the sock place... Dundee Mills.

Most of the textile industry that grew a lot of places like Griffin, Thomaston, LaGrange... Gone. LaGrange has done a good job of diversifying. Agriculture is not big business, at least not like it was until you go south of the gnat line. Most of the agriculture in my neck of the woods... Meriwether and Troup counties... has gone away. Most old farms are now growing timber. Some small time farming here and there but nothing like it was in my youth.
Right. Griffin was the sock place, not Moultrie.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Moultrie = Pork and poultry processing. They once made uniforms, too, I believe. My Daddy was from that jewel of Southwest Georgia; my family still has a place down there: very peaceful and relaxing with great antique shopping and a charming court house square. Not too far from Albany or Tallahassee; they get television signals from both. Surrounding Colquitt County is one of the most vibrant agricultural regions in the state. Like most farming regions, there is very little population. A matter of fact, the City of Moultrie is third in population in Georgia's southwestern region behind Albany and Valdosta!
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:52 PM
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Moultrie = Pork and poultry processing. They once made uniforms, too, I believe. My Daddy was from that jewel of Southwest Georgia; my family still has a place down there: very peaceful and relaxing with great antique shopping and a charming court house square. Not too far from Albany or Tallahassee; they get television signals from both. Surrounding Colquitt County is one of the most vibrant agricultural regions in the state. Like most farming regions, there is very little population. A matter of fact, the City of Moultrie is third in population in Georgia's southwestern region behind Albany and Valdosta!
You're right too. That's why I got them confused. Riverside I believe was the uniform place, right there as you come in to town from Camilla. And the state champ Colquitt County Packers got their nickname from pork.
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