Quality of Life
Stephens County residents enjoy a high quality of life. Housing and land are very affordable as compared to metropolitan areas, making it more attainable for families to buy their first – or second – home. The homeownership rate is 72.7 percent. Stephens County also has a wealth of natural beauty and many parks for residents to enjoy.
Toccoa has four distinct seasons, yet without extreme heat or cold. Because of higher elevation, it doesn’t get as hot here in the summer as many other places with the same latitude; in the winter there are usually a couple of light dustings of snow. Rarely does the weather prevent one from spending the day outside.
Slower pace of life
Stephens County is close enough to, and far enough from, major urban centers. Stephens County is a true small town community with a unique flavor, not just another town engulfed within suburbia. If you crave the city life, you can easily drive to Atlanta or Greenville for the day.
Big City amenities
Toccoa offers big city amenities without the hassle. Stephens County Hospital provides top-quality medical services typically only found in metropolitan areas. Our local airport has two recently re-surfaced runways which can accommodate small jets. The Toccoa Symphony offers a year-round concert schedule of classical and modern music. A four-year college and two-year technical college serve Stephens County. You can even catch a ride on AMTRAK to New York or New Orleans!
If you relocate to Stephens County, you won’t be a stranger for long. That’s because ours is an open, friendly community where people greet one another with a smile. We welcome new people into our community.
World War II Military Heritage
Toccoa’s unique place in World War II history has inspired books and movies like the The Dirty Dozen, Saving Private Ryan, and theBand of Brothers. Camp Toccoa, located at Currahee Mountain five miles from town, was a WWII paratrooper training base. It was the first training base for the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, whose Easy Company was the subject of the book and HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.
Visitors, historians, tour groups and veterans come from around the world to visit the area that became “home” to the paratroopers during their training at Camp Toccoa. Currahee Military Museum houses photos, documents and memorabilia of WWII, including one of the actual stables that housed the 506th Regiment in England. Toccoa also hosts an annual Currahee Military Weekend that includes reinactments, a downtown parade, a 3-mile run up and down Currahee Mountain, and more.
Camp Toccoa’s Currahee history continues to inspire: Watch this recent story on CBS’s 60 Minutes -- “A Remarkable Recovery”
Toccoa-Stephens County Awards:
- Georgia “Entrepreneur Friendly” Community
- Governor’s All-Georgia Community, Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs
- International City Management Association Award for Excellence in Citizen Participation
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Stay and See Georgia” Award
- Georgia Municipal Association City Innovations Achievement Awards
- Georgia Water & Pollution Control Association Public Education Award
- An All-American City by National Municipal League
- Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful
- American Public Gas Association Marketing Award winner
- Named #19 on the list of Outdoor Life magazine's "Top Hunting and Fishing Towns in the United States"
- Currahee Club golf course named on the "Rolex World's Top 1,000 Golf Courses" list
- Currahee Military Weekend named "Best Downtown Event"
- Stephens County Hospital named to the Georgia Trend Magazine's Top Hospital List, #8 on the top Small Hospital list
- Currahee Military Museum named a "Must See Museum"
- All 6 schools in the Stephens County School System are recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as Reward Schools
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
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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!-