Affordable and accessible transportation is essential for businesses, especially manufacturers, to have ready access to get raw materials in and finished products out. Stephens County is perfectly situated for your business to access markets near and far.
The growing I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte offers many advantages for businesses. Most Stephens County industrial sites are six to 15 miles to the interstate, making transport an ease in this affordable business location. The GA Hwy17 widening project will offer four-lane unobstructed delivery access between your company and I-85.
Governor Nathan Deal announced that GA Hwy17 has been placed on the state's official "Freight Corridor Network." The Freight Corridor Network presents a cohesive and complete map of the state's priority of roads for freight movements and highlights the key strategic highway routes that handle the flow of freight to and from locations in Georgia. Designated Freight Corridor Map
Toccoa manufacturers and distributors are two truckload days or or fewer from:
82 percent of the U.S. Industrial Market
79 percent of the nation’s largest consumer markets
77 percent of the U.S. metropolitan buying power
Stephens County is served by both the shortline Hartwell Railroad and a mainline of Norfolk Southern Railroad between Birmingham, AL, and Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Toccoa is the only city in the seven-county area of Northeast Georgia with an AMTRAK stop; the Stephens County Train Depot celebrated 30 years of AMTRAK’s Crescent Line service in 2009.
Georgia Rail Map
Rail Accessible Sites & Buildings
- 135,321 SF -- Toccoa Casket Company
- 59,000 SF -- Currahee Street
- 320 Acres Available -- Hayestone Brady Business Park
- 30.34 Acres -- Wolf Pit Road
- 30 +/- Acres -- Hwy 145
- 13.32 Acres -- Hwy 123
- 9.31 Acres -- Hwy 17
Local Airport -- R.G. LeTourneau Airfield
With a runway length of 5,003 feet, R.G. LeTourneau Airfield is located two miles from Downtown Toccoa. It has two recently re-surfaced runways which can accommodate small jets. The Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority received a OneGeorgia EDGE Grant in December 2009 whichwas used to assist with construction of a 5,948 SF terminal facility at R.G LeTourneau Field. The airport is centrally located near the Georgia and North/South Carolina borders and serves as a gateway to the Northeast Georgia Mountains. This Level II airport handles comparable traffic to other Level III airports (Cornelia, Blairsville) and is Georgia’s northernmost airport before entering mountainous terrain, serving as a hub for Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain tourist traffic.
Commercial Airport -- Greenville, SC
Located just 63 miles from Toccoa on Interstate 85, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport serves the region by offering flights to locations across the U.S.
International Airport -- Atlanta
Located 91 miles from Toccoa, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, serving as a valuable hub connecting various cities and countries around the globe.
Ports are Easily Accessible
Georgia and South Carolina have accessible port facilities offering first rate services to and from locations worldwide. The closest ports to Toccoa are the inland Port of Columbus (204 miles), and the Port of Savannah (207 miles) and Port of Charleston (277 miles) on the Atlantic coast.
Port of Savannah
The Port of Savannah is located on the Atlantic Ocean in Georgia and specializes in the handling of container, reefer, breakbulk and RoRo cargoes. The Port has two terminals, Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal. Garden City Terminal is the 4th largest container port in the U.S. Both terminals are served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and Interstates 16 & 95.
Port of Charleston
The Port of Charleston is located on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina. The Port’s five terminals have the deepest channels on the South Atlantic coast, routinely handling post-Panamax ships and vessels drawing up to 47 feet of water. The port is served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and is accessible by Interstate 26, which links directly to Interstate 85.
Port of Columbus
The Port of Columbus is located in Georgia on the Chattahoochee River with access to the U.S. Gulf via the Tri-Rivers System. The facility is equipped to handle liquid bulk cargoes via barge traffic. The port is served by Norfolk Southern Railroad and is also accessible via Interstate 85.
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!-