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Local, state and federal representatives gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new four lane highway connecting Toccoa-Stephens County to I-85 in Lavonia. Most of the four lane highway opened last week but there is still
Sark Wire's plant manager Ahmet Kabaktepe (right) and Sark Wire's Vice President Tolga Isik (left) pictured with SCDA Executive Director, Tim Martin
Sark Wire announced earlier this month that they had plans to expand their current operations in Toccoa-Stephens County. They have already completed the grading on their 8,000 square foot addition.
The Stephens County Development Authority and other community leaders showed our appreciation to our dedicated public works crews by sharing chilled, seedless watermelons on a hot summer day. The development authority routinely calls on both the City and County crews
Gregg Hibbard, general superintendent/partner with the Legacy Water Group, the contractors on the job.
The Toccoa-Stephens County Veterans Parkway water & sanitary sewer collection system expansion project is underway. The rights-of-ways have been staked and they are being cleared. This project calls for 4,300 LF of 8” gravity sewer, 11,000 LF of 6” force
Andrew Seaver and P.J. Waldrop touring ASI Southeast Global Partitions with Barry Roberts, Director of Operations & Doug Hitchon, Executive Vice President & COO
United States Senator David Perdue's Leislative Director P.J. Waldrop from Washington, D.C. and his Northeast Georgia Field Representative Andrew Seaver visited Toccoa-Stephens County. They were able to tour all three ASI Southeast locations: Global Partitions, Gem Plastics & Gem Industries, the
Tony's Trophies has purchased the old Walbrook Printing Building on East Currahee Street and started their renovations. They manufacture trophies and various other awards. We are planning a ribbon cutting ceremony there shortly.
Stephens County Development Authority attended Georgia Power Company's "Good News Gathering". In all, 20 or so county level economic developers met to share local good news. Each county representative was given three to five minutes to brag on their local
Congressman Doug Collins' District Director Joel Katz visited with several members of our community leadership team to discuss federal matters of mutual interest. Items included topics such as Lake Hartwell, Orphan Counties, Windstream, Veterans Affairs, federal grants, tax & regulatory
Local Company Cope Closet was featured in this month's edition of National Hardwood Magazine! Take a look at the entire article at: http://www.millerwoodtradepub.com/publications/national-hardwood-magazine/current-feature-stories/cope-closet/.
The Stephens County Development Authority recognized Clay Fisher for his outstanding service on the 2015-2016 SCDA Board at our June Meeting.
Brian Akin presented Clay Fisher a plaque and commended him on his outstanding support of the Development Authority during his tenure on the board. Stacy Miller is the new Chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and will start
The JDA of Franklin, Hart and Stephens Counties made their annual presentation to statewide developers at the Georgia Resource Center. It is important to keep project managers updated on what is happening in our area so they think of us
Congratulations to Nifco KTW and Toccoa-Stephens County on being recognized again for their success in 2015. This time Area Development named Nifco KTW as one of the 2015 Top 10 projects in Georgia. Georgia was a recognized in the 2016
Local Building Inspector Phil Gruber made his final walk through the Nifco KTW plant earlier this week and signed off on the building project. SCDA Executive Director Tim Martin presented them with their officical Certificate of Occupancy today. This brings
The Stephens County Development Authority and the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce hosted representation from 10 local companies and industries at our quarterly plant managers meeting. This quarter’s meeting was
Caterpillar hosted a job fair today in between shifts in preparation for their closure at the end of the month. The Department of Labor worked with CAT officials to make sure there were plenty of options present for each of
The Industry & Innovation Student Employer Celebration Event was held at Stephens County High School. Brent Farrar explained the program to the industry leaders in attendance and we heard three
The Stephens County Development Authority was honored to be recognized in the May edition of 'Site Selection' magazine with "The Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development, The Top 10 Economic (Micropolitan) Development Agencies of 2015". Site selection uses
There was an excellent turn out at the ribbon cutting for Kokoon homes at their new building on West Doyle Street. They have really done an outstanding job transferring that
Stephens County High School Student and Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce intern, Cole Heffer, recently created a brief video of the construction of the new GA Highway 17 at Hayestone Brady Business Park. Cole is responsible for several promotional videos
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!-