Statesboro is a town in Georgia located in the southeast of the state, about 30 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is about 2.2 kilometers (2.2 miles) from Atlanta and is predominantly flat, with a few small hills, but it is home to a population of about 2,000 people, mostly blacks and whites.
US 25 (301) separates from US-80, which runs 93 km from Savannah to the southeast and west - northwest - to Savannah and then south to Savannah. Interstate-16 (Exit 116), which is 12 miles south. From there it runs from north to south, leading to Georgia State University, the University of Georgia and the Georgia Tech campus, before splitting off and heading south. I-26 (Exit 16) and North on Interstate 10 (Exit 116).
Three U.S. highways also serve the city of Statesboro: U-S Highway 80 is the main east-west route through the city, U-S Highway 25 Runs northwest - south through it, and US Highway 301 runs north - north and south of it. These form a circle around the cities and form the centre of the largest conurbation in the state with a population of about 1.5 million people.
Most travelers use Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport, which is located 50 miles away East of the city, served by eight commercial airlines. There is no direct connection between the airport and the capital of Atlanta, although it accommodates private planes and there is no control tower for commercial flights.
The University System of Georgia Colleges, based in the nearby city of Swainsboro, operates a satellite campus in Statesboro. By the end of the 20th century, it had become a comprehensive regional university serving Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and the University of Southern Georgia. On July 1, 1990, the university became the fifth university within the university system and has since been designated as GeorgiaSouthern University. During that time, it became the only racially integrated university in Georgia with a full-time faculty and student body. On 1 July 2015, there will be more than 4,000 students in the Bachelor and Master programs and over 2,500 faculty members.
The university's graduate programs offer more than 1,000 bachelor's and master's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
There will also be shows by Georgia Southern students and faculty, including the Broadway tour "Avenue Q," a musical about the life of a young woman in New York City. Tour groups perform at the Performing Arts Center to perform the show, as well as concerts and other events on the university campus.
The university's facilities include a wildlife education center on campus and the Georgia Southern College of Natural Sciences and Engineering. The public schools in Southeast Georgia are served by the University of Georgia School of Public Health, Georgia State University and Georgia Tech.
Other newspapers include George Anne, produced by students at Georgia Southern University, and Connecting Georgia. Statesboro Business Magazine offers daily excerpts of local business news, events, business and business trends.
Ogeechee Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia, which offers technical and adult education to students in the region.
After the Civil War, the small town began to grow and Statesboro became a major city in southeastern Georgia. In 1866, the state legislature issued a permanent charter and changed the spelling of the name to its current form, "Statesboro," but growth did not follow. In the 1920s, the mission shifted to teacher training and was renamed Georgia Normal School and South Georgia Teachers' College in 1924.
Despite a diverse population and growing economy, Statesboro remains a small town that welcomes outsiders but does not depend on them.
Over the past decade, the university has combined a capital-building program with a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city has developed a partnership with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology to create the Statesboro Community College System, a public-private partnership between the two universities.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the municipality in 2003, the city sponsored a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state in 1876. Municipal services began to multiply, newspapers began to run a few, and then a major link to central Georgia was financed by a local businessman. Since then, more than 20 million pounds of tobacco have passed through the Bright Tobacco Belt, which stretches across Georgia and Florida. During this time, over 1,000 jobs were created and a number of companies were set up.
As other post-Reconstruction communities flourished, Statesboro became a major city in southeastern Georgia, with a population of more than 1,000 people and an average annual income of $2,500.
For the next eighty years, the town remained small, but that seemed irrelevant in a rural district in the Cotton Belt populated by immigrants whose roots went back to the British Isles. Local observers said racial relations throughout the 20th century were largely friendly until racial segregation prevailed in the 1960s.