Gainesville has earned many nicknames over the years because of its’ valuable location and because of its people. The most notable are Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital. The city sits halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the urban city center of Atlanta. Also known as a City of Excellence, Gainesville is home to over 35,000 people. Located on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia is the tourism and economic center of Northeast Georgia.