Training and Education

Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) - Expedited curriculum lowers training costs
ICAPP Advantage provides education for specified knowledge in high demand but short supply. ICAPP Advantage helps companies meet their hiring needs – and save thousands on training and hiring costs – with an expedited curriculum designed by the company with a college or university.

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Georgia Work Ready Program - Quickly determine candidate eligibility with this free assessment
Employers can simplify the hiring and training process by matching job profile information with assessment scores of Georgia Work Ready Certified potential employees. The Georgia Work Ready Assessment Program is a complete solution for companies to quickly assess whether a person’s skill levels match the job requirements. The Georgia Work Ready assessment is available to all Georgians at no cost.

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Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship - Free college tuition for Georgia residents
The Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship makes continuing education affordable to Georgia residents who maintain a “B” average at the high school and/or college level. The scholarship covers many tuition, fees, and books costs for students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities.

Quick Start Training - Free customized workforce training
Georgia’s highly acclaimed program offers sophisticated customized workforce training, jointly developed with your Company. This cost-free program covers development of all training plans and materials, plus actual training conducted in the Company’s facilities or in one of the state-of-the-art technical schools. Contact: Vice Pres. of Economic Development, NGTC, Mark Ivester, 706-754-7703. Send Email


Retraining Tax Credit

Retraining Tax Credit - Equal to 50% of employee retraining costs
Employers who provide retraining for employees are eligible for a tax credit equal to 50% of the costs of retraining each full-time employee up to $500. The training muste nhance the skills of employees on new equipment, technology or operating systems and be provided at no cost to the employee. Read more



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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