Brunswick and the Golden Isles features a diversified economic base that for illustrative purposes might be thought of as a  "four legged stool".  The four "legs" of the stool include:

  • Manufacturing & Industry
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • The Port of Brunswick
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)



Manufacturing & Industry

Glynn County has long been home to a diverse and vibrant manufacturing sector - a fact historically attributable to its natural deepwater harbor, proximity of overseas shipping lanes and convergence of navigable rivers.  While these amenities remain ever-important in the present day, the addition of rail, interstate and commercial air transit have further fueled the growth and expansion of the area's manufacturing businesses.  Not surprisingly, the manufacturing businesses that initially proliferated in the community had deep roots in the timber / forest products sector as well as in seafood harvesting and processing.  And while numerous businesses operating within these sectors still exist in Glynn County today, they have been supplemented in recent years by manufacturers involved in the production of aircraft, maritime vessels, vehicles, chemical supplies and construction materials.  While disparaging news concerning the health of the US manufacturing sector has been plentiful in recent years, Glynn County has taken heart in the fact that its manufacturing and industrial support businesses are thriving.  In fact, of the community's fifteen largest employers, some eleven are manufacturing-related.

Hospitality & Tourism

Easily the best known and most visible "leg" of the stool, Glynn County's Hospitality and Tourism sector pumps more than $1 billion into the local economy on an annual basis.  Thousands of Glynn Countians are employed by the multitude of  hotels, motels, restaurants and retail shops that comprise this sector - all  sustained by economic activity generated from the approximately 1.3 million visitors who vacation in Brunswick and the Golden Isles each year.   Likewise, the community's school system and local governments enjoy the benefits of the substantial sales tax revenues that this sector generates.

The Port of Brunswick

Specializing in the handling of breakbulk, agri-bulk and RoRo cargoes, the Port of Brunswick includes three distinct terminals - Mayor's Point Terminal, Colonel's Island Terminal and Marine Port Terminals.  The Colonel's Island RoRo terminal, in particular, has experienced phenomenal 400% growth in tonnage handled over the past 10 years.  In FY 2006 Colonel's Island handled some 368,000 automobile and machinery units, ranking the the facility as the 4th largest vehicle processing port on the East Coast, and the 6th largest nationally.  Some 15 automobile manufacturers - including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, Volkswagen, Kia and others - currently import and export vehicles thorough the terminal.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Headquartered in Brunswick since 1975, FLETC provides advanced law enforcement training services for more than 80 Federal agencies. The Center also provides services to state, local, and international law enforcement agencies.  FLETC's 1,500 acre campus includes modern conventional facilities such as classrooms, dormitories, and administrative and logistical support structures, including a dining hall capable of serving more than 4,000 meals per day. Additionally, FLETC has 18 firearms ranges, including a state-of-the-art indoor range complex with 146 separate firing points; and eight highly versatile semi-enclosed ranges with 200 additional firing points. Other training assets include a sprawling complex of driver training ranges, a physical techniques facility, explosives range, fully functional mock port of entry, and numerous other structures which support the entire training effort.  A 2003 study conducted by Georgia Tech identified FLETC as the largest employer in Glynn County, with more than 5,000 area jobs being attributed to the agency.  It was further determined that FLETC's annual localized economic impact is in excess of $600 million.