Traffic on Gaines Street will be temporarily detoured today (May 6th) while city workers repair a sinkhole. The detour will still allow traffic to and from each residence.

City Hall
102 East Liberty St.
P.O. Box 9
Washington, GA 30673


(706) 678-3277




Business Services


Economic Development




Washington-Wilkes Overview

Contact: Janet Parker

Director of Economic Development | 706-990-0000

The City of Washington has a significant infrastructure to support manufacturing. We have the best broadband coverage in the region to support thriving industries.

We also have capacity for decades of manufacturing growth. We have been able to blend this infrastructure so that we have a balance of manufacturing employment, tourism employment, vibrant small businesses, a regional healthcare hub, and a strong agriculture and forestry economy. All things combined make Washington the hub of manufacturing employment for surrounding counties.

Not only is Washington the only city in Georgia located halfway between Athens and Augusta, but it is also on the U.S. Highway 1/Ga. Highway 17 corridor, which is being developed as a four-lane highway connecting Interstate 85 to Jacksonville, Florida.


Our infrastructure is expanding, but already we have everything 21st century manufacturing operations need to be successful.


Port service for the City of Washington is provided through the Georgia Ports Authority. The Port of Savannah is the fastest growing port in America and the second largest container port along the eastern coast. With the upcoming completion of the U.S. Highway 1/Ga. Highway 17 corridor, the port will be accessible via four-lane highway. The ports of Georgia – including the Brunswick terminal, one of the busiest roll-on/roll-off ports in the world – have every service required for a company to operate in the 21st century.


The City of Washington has four levels of air service. Local general aviation service is provided by the Washington-Wilkes County airport with a 5,020' x 75' runway. The airport was recently upgraded with an improved taxi way.

Regional general aviation service is provided by the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport. This airport is only 20 minutes from downtown Washington and has enhanced directional facilities. The runway is 5,503 feet long and has a newly completed terminal.

Commercial service is provided by the Augusta Regional at Bush Field Airport. This airport is 60 minutes from downtown Washington and has state-of-the-art facilities. The runway is 8,001 feet long and has a recently renovated terminal. More information can be found at

International service is provided by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, just 90 miles from Washington. Learn more at


The City of Washington is served by Georgia Woodlands Railroad – a subsidiary of OmniTrax. OmniTrax is a national leader in short-line operations. Information for the railroad can be found at

Highways & Interstates

Washington is only 22 minutes north of Interstate 20. It is also served by the U.S. Hwy. 1/GA. Hwy. 17 corridor and other state and federal highways.

Water Service

The City of Washington provides water throughout its service area. The city has two water sources – Lake Boline and Clarks Hill Reservoir. The city recently completed a $9.5 million water treatment system upgrade designed to take the community to the 22nd century.

Find information on water rates.

Sewer Service

The City of Washington provides sewer service through its service area. The city does not allow residential septic tanks within the city limits.

Find information on sewer rates.

Electric Service

The City of Washington provides electric service within its 1973 city limits and additional service areas. The City of Washington is a member of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia for power generation and delivery services and is also a member of Electric Cities of Georgia that provides technical assistance for both electric utility operations as well as economic development services.

For manufacturers and businesses interested in locating in Washington, additional business assistance is available at Location Georgia. Location Georgia provides specialized economic development and community development to the City of Washington.

Broadband Service

Broadband service in Washington is the best among rural communities in the region following a recent $45 million upgrade. Service is provided by Relyant Communications and Comcast.