Local and Regional Media
The Toccoa Record
The Toccoa Record has kept Stephens County residents informed about important local and regional issues since 1873! This historical newspaper is published every Thursday by Community Newspapers, Inc., which is headquartered in Athens, Ga.
WNEG Radio, the "Voice of Northeast Georgia and Beyond"
Established in 1956, AM 630 WNEG is the only full-service radio station operating in Stephens County. WNEG provides 24-7 broadcasting with local news, sports, weather, and community events. Stephens County residents listen to WNEG more than any other radio station!
Toccoa Falls Radio
A media ministry of Toccoa Falls College, the stations of Toccoa Falls Radio cover northern Atlanta, GA to southern Greenville, SC. The station is also broadcast via internet.
WUGA TV Channel 32, formerly CBS affiliate WNEG-TV, is a non-commercial educational public television station licensed to Toccoa. It serves several counties in northeast Georgia which are part of the Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, SC, and Asheville, NC, television market. The signal can also be seen in the extreme east-northeastern portions of the metro Atlanta media market, including Athens, Gainesville and Braselton. The station transmits its digital signal on UHF TV channel 24, and uses virtual channel 32.1. It is owned and operated by the University of Georgia.
Regional News Sources
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.
Georgia Work Ready
State Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
Freeport Tax Exemption
Training and Education
Grants & Other Finance Options
Drugs Don't Work
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!-