TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Tifton's proximity to Interstate 75 not only brings in visitors from all over the country, but also boosts the economy.
Thousands of vehicles pass through Tifton on I-75 every day. The goal is to get the travelers to stop and stay in the friendly city.
"Our motels and hotels have just gone bonkers. If you look over there by the interstate, we've almost got all new hotels, new motels. It's super. People do stop here and they do stay," said Mayor Jamie Cater.
Interstate 75 has been widened into three lanes, providing a safer route, and more traffic. "This seems just to be the perfect stop. You know at one time we had more exits than Macon, Georgia did off the interstate," said Cater.
Tift County currently has 11 exits on I-75, that's the fourth highest in the state. "The traffic on I-75 and 82 is just unbelievable. So it's just an economy that continues to grow," said Tyron Spearman of the Peanut Commission.
And helping that development is the intersection of interstate 75 and Highway 82, which is the busiest in South Georgia.
"It's been really good for our retail business. But also, you take into consideration, our industrial business," said Mike Davis, of the Chamber of Commerce.
While its location has put Tifton on the map as the hub of South Central Georgia, leaders say it's the people who really make their community stand out. "Well, we're known around the world as the friendly city. One friend of mine told me, Tifton- it stands for Tifton Is Friendly, Terrific and Overly Nice," Spearman said.
"People in Tifton are good people, they're loving people, they're humble people and their appreciative people. And their appreciative of what we have here in Tifton and they're appreciative of our location," said Davis.
A location that's provided a boost to their economy and population.