The Georgia Centers of Innovation program is designed to enhance long-term economic opportunities for Georgians, nourish the state’s homegrown industries, and encourage new companies to invest and build in the state. The Centers focus on specific industries that include aerospace, agricultural technologies, life sciences, marine logistics, and information technology.

This initiative utilizes Georgia’s unique private and public assets including Georgia’s research universities to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology job creation throughout the state.

The Maritime Logistics Innovation Center (MLIC) in Savannah is a partnership between the Georgia Ports Authority and the University System of Georgia. MLIC fosters the development of new technologies and best practices for the maritime logistics and security industries and provides global thought leadership on maritime logistics and security.

The Middle Georgia Aerospace Innovation Center (MAIC) is a partnership between the GDEcD’s Office of Science and Technology, the University System of Georgia, private institutions and companies, and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center. The center is working to develop innovative new technologies to transform lifecycle support for aircraft. The center will offer aerospace companies from across the country and around the world the opportunity to take advantage of the intellectual capital being developed there by becoming members of the center.

The Life Sciences Innovation Center (LSIC) is a joint program of the State of Georgia and the Life Sciences Business Development Center of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta.  It enhances the likelihood of success for Georgia life science companies by providing: expertise and counsel for life science entrepreneurs, especially those in rural Georgia; an incubator facility for bio-businesses, including wet labs, scientific equipment, and mentoring; and opportunities for joint university and private applied research work.

Business & Personal Lending In Georgia is handled through an online personal loan market, serving Georgia and the entire United States, which makes personal loans (and business loans) to people and businesses who are relocating to Georgia to take advantage of our state's financial benefits.

The Information Technology Innovation Center is a distinctive partnership of private industry, academia, and federal and state authorities working together to improve technologies related to the secure, reliable, and cost-effective processing of information.   This center will be located in the John Cunningham Conference Center at Columbus State University

The Agriculture Innovation Center’s mission is to advance available knowledge and develop innovative agricultural and natural resources technologies; to promote research, training and education in agricultural and natural resource technologies; to facilitate the transfer of useful knowledge to commercial applications; and to enhance the ability of member organizations to use the resulting knowledge to further their business and organizational interests.  The Agriculture Innovation Center is located in a newly constructed wing of NESPAL.  NESPAL (National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory) is a unit of the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, located on the Tifton, Georgia campus.

For further information on the Georgia Centers of Innovation Program, contact:
Chris Downing, P.E.
Program Manager
Georgia Centers of Innovation