Development Authority Initiatives

The Stephens County Development Authority has broad powers to accomplish its purpose. Over its history, the authority has been successful in attacting new industry to Stephens County with appealing industrial sites, tax exempt bonds and speculative buildings ready for occupancy. Here are some of the current initiatives:

  • Worked with DCA to designate sites throughout Stephens County as Opportunity Zones
  • Developed SCDA Strategic Plan 2013-2017
  • Collaborating with the City of Toccoa to make improvements to its sanitary sewer collections system
  • Host quarterly luncheons with local plant managers
  • Host Business Spotlight Luncheons with Chamber of Commerce
  • Worked with Southfire to design a new website
  • Hosted Project Managers golf days, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • Received Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certification for HBBP
  • Assisted OneGeorgia Broadband Feasibility Study Grant, an Implementation Grant and a $1M Equity Grant to expand broadband connectivity in the area
  • Applied for and awarded a $350,000 Georgia Work Ready Regional Grant
  • Work Force Development Committee led the process to become a certified Georgia Work Ready Community (certified November 2009)
  • Initiated and was designated a Georgia Signature Community
  • With help from the state and others, designed brownfields and redevelopment  initiative to redevelop blighted areas
  • Developed the new Master plan for Hayestone Brady Business Park
  • Expanded the community’s wastewater treatment capacity
  • Initiated and secured grant funding to re-permit the Eastanollee wastewater treatment plant
  • Created comprehensive wastewater infrastructure improvement plan through 2025
  • Secured $1.5 million from the DNR through the PCB settlement for the enhancement of tourism

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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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A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us. -
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County! -
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