Downtown Brunswick, Georgia, founded 1771, incorporated 1856, is enjoying a resurgence of both local and tourist traffic. Both new and established retail shops, restaurants, and professional services continue to propel the growth and vitality of Historic Brunswick's core business district.

This growth promises to continue assisted by aggressive regional marketing campaigns by the Downtown Development Authority, and national and international marketing through the Brunswick-Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Our strong and active Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority also work to ensure organization, coordination, development and support for business and industry throughout the county, with planned and balanced growth a priority as we move forward in the 21st century.

Statistics for a ten-mile radius from the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick readily illustrate the positive conditions for sustained retail, professional and service industry growth.



2009 Estimate
2010 Estimate
Population
76,657
82,740

2010 Mean Household Income: $61,423

Note: These population figures do not include the estimated 1.9 million annual visitors to Brunswick and The Golden Isles.
The full population data report, prepared by National Data Systems, is available upon request.


Historic Downtown Brunswick serves as the seat of both city and county government and is easily accessible from both I-95 and Coastal Highway U.S.17.

Many of the government offices are located in historic 19th century structures which have been restored to their original grandeur through revenue generated by a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). These funds have also been used to restore other public structures, such as the Historic Ritz Theatre, to expand and refurbish the main library, and to complete an extensive streetscape program in the Historic Downtown.

Mary Ross Waterfront Park and the adjacent Brunswick Landing Marina play host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Mary Ross Park is also a favorite docking site for passenger cruise lines. The park and marina, the antique and specialty shops, galleries and restaurants and the beautiful and extensive historic residential neighborhoods are all located within the Old Town Brunswick National Register Historic District.

The National Register designation also provides both federal and state tax credits and/or tax incentives for commercial income-producing properties that meet certain reinvestment criteria.

The City of Brunswick has an Historic Preservation Ordinance that ensures the ongoing rehabilitation and preservation of our city's rich architectural history, while enhancing property values on both residential and commercial structures. Both the City and private enterprise have undertaken new projects that will positively impact tourism, residential and commercial growth throughout the city, county, and region.

The new Sidney Lanier Bridge is the tallest bridge in Georgia, soaring to 486 feet. The bridge eliminates delays on Coastal Highway U.S. 17 caused by the previous 1950's style drawbridge, while allowing for larger international cargo ships to pass beneath her majestic one mile-plus span.

The International Port of Brunswick is enjoying increased shipping traffic and revenues as the new bridge, along with a deepening of the shipping channel, will allow this premier port facility to accommodate vessels of all weights and sizes.

We welcome inquiries on a wide range of topics, including:
  • Downtown Grant Programs
  • State and federal tax incentives
  • Commercial and residential property within the Historic District
  • Listings of licensed real estate professionals
  • New business start-ups and relocating/expanding established businesses
  • Full population data report
  • Contractors and sub-contractors recommended by local property owners
  • Guide books and brochures on the Historic Old Town residential district and the arts, antiques, specialty shops and restaurants
  • Information on City ordinances and contacts within City government


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 Downtown Development Authority • P. O. Box 684 • Brunswick, Georgia 31521 • 912-265-4032 • Fax 912-265-8181