Hometown charm, affordability and promising careers await.
Early-career talent and young families looking for a place to thrive will find many attractive lifestyle amenities and an ever-growing support network that sets them up for success in the Robins Region’s collection of communities.
The Robins Region is already well established as a place that attracts young families – considered prime for its excellent K-12 public schools and youth sports programs (it hosts Southeast regional Little League tournaments and its HQ is also there), just to give a couple reasons.
But for those who aren’t yet to that life stage, the region has plenty of other reasons to consider putting down roots. For those just starting out in their careers, the Robins Region offers a solid business network with tons of opportunities to begin making connections and establishing careers.
“The beautiful thing about Houston County and the Robins Region is that the school systems are amazing,â€ says Dr. Vernard Hodges, veterinarian, author, real-estate mogul, philanthropist and star of the National Geographic Wild show Critter Fixers. “Houston County has one of the highest income rates in middle Georgia, and from a young-professionals standpoint, the economics of the housing market, and all the things that you have to do here, this is an obvious choice.”
For young professionals just starting their career journeys, a move to the Robins Region can be a strategic and aspirational move. The area offers lots of volunteer and mentoring opportunities. Over the years, energetic young professionals have paired with business leaders to engage in the community through volunteer work like the annual 4th of July celebration and Special Olympics.
“Fourth of July here is amazing,â€ says Dr. Hodges. “We have Robins Air Force Base and it’s everybody’s favorite holiday. We have a saying that every day is ‘Air Force Appreciation Day.’ We have a concert, there are fireworks and you get all of these things in one.”
The region’s communities all have distinct atmospheres and assets, and each plays to its strengths to draw residents from around the county for gatherings and events. That’s an appealing aspect of life here for those choosing to live in any of the communities while enjoying the best assets of the others within short drives.
For example, Centerville has recently developed a large civic center and green-space that is a favorite gathering spot, says Kate Hogan, director of economic development for the City of Centerville.
“It’s a great place for people of the surrounding communities to gather, with Food Truck Fridays, outdoor movie nights and concerts, an amphitheater, a paved walking trail, a pavilion and a splash pad – and that’s just to start,â€ Hogan says.
Center Park began implementing its 10-year rollout plan in 2016, making what was once vacant land into a hub for community and regional events, from an annual Fall Festival to yoga in the park and gatherings large and small.
Just a few blocks away, the Houston County Galleria mall recently undertook a massive renovation, adding new shops, a theater and restaurants, plus Wi-Fi lounge for remote work.
“When people think of Centerville, they think of where they want to come to work, live and play,â€ says Hogan.
If you’d like to learn more about the Robins Region area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Robins Region.