BB&T Center Releases Results of Year-End Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey


MACON – Area businesses experienced a positive second half of 2016 and are cautiously optimistic about the future, according to the results of Mercer University's Year-End Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey, which were released today.

The survey was conducted by the BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism in Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, in partnership with the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and the Wilkinson County Chamber of Commerce.

The BB&T Center and the partner chambers received responses to their electronic survey from 76 individuals. Dr. Antonio Saravia, assistant professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center, compiled the results, which can be viewed by clicking here.

“In general terms, businesses in Middle Georgia seemed to have experienced a positive second half of 2016,” said Dr. Saravia. “Despite a positive outlook for the economy in Middle Georgia for the first half of 2017, the majority of businesses do not identify this period as a good time to expand their operations. In addition, respondents continue to identify government regulations and/or red tape, taxes and the quality and cost of labor as the top obstacles to their business activities.”

Respondents represented considerable variety in terms of company size, geography and industry. Most were small businesses under 10 employees, which accounted for 37 percent of the total number of respondents. The majority had principal offices located in Bibb (46 percent) and Houston (27 percent) counties. Respondents represented a wide range of industries, led by professional and technical service (13 percent) and finance and insurance (12 percent).

The BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism conducts the survey and publishes its results two times per year.

For more information, contact Dr. Saravia at (478) 301-5541 or

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Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who helped negotiate the first major leveraged buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and  “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.”

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