About SCDA

SCDA’s Mission

To encourage and support the expansion and development of industrial and commercial facilities in Stephens County, Georgia so as to promote employment. To accomplish our mission, SCDA works with public and private sector representatives to fully utilize their collective individual and organizational resources. We act as a people-focused resource of information to those interested in business opportunities in Stephens County and as a moderator between business and individual interests.

The Stephens County Development Authority was established in 1965 with the goal of achieving continued, sustainable economic growth in our area of Northeast Georgia. The board members and staff are an active, forward-thinking team seeking to diversify our economy, encouraging business retention and expansion to improve the lives of our residents. The Stephens County Development Authority is the primary point of contact for economic development projects. It is a Georgia development authority and public body corporate and politic. 

Creation Date: 4/11/1968
Method of Creation: Local Constitutional Amendment
Official Citation: Constitutional Amendment, 1968, p. 854; continued, 1986, p. 4153
Dependency: Dependent
Single or Multi Jurisdictional: Single-Jurisdictional

SCDA Charter - Resolution

The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.

The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.

Since 2005, 17 industries have located or expanded in Stephens County, creating more than 900 new jobs and adding more than $63 million in new private investment in the community. These companies have constructed or occupied facilities totaling more than 916,000 square feet, on almost 150 acres of newly-developed or redeveloped land.

Stephens County has worked hard since the establishment of the Development Authority nearly 50 years ago to develop its reputation as a business-friendly community. The county offers a well-educated and skilled labor force, comprehensive job training, affordable utilities and easy access to and from major highways.

The county has three industrial parks with more than 60 manufacturing plants and is served by 11 banking offices. Toccoa is located 14 miles from Interstate I-85 and three miles from Hwy. 365/441 between Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC. The area is also served by two railroads.
 

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The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.

The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.

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Phone:
706-886-4242
Address:
31 W. Doyle Street, Toccoa GA 30577
Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
E-mail:
tim@scda.biz
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