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FAQ: Industrial Development

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Q: What is the Mission Statement of the Stephens County Development Authority?
A: To encourage and support the expansion and development of industrial and commercial facilities in Stephens County so as to promote employment and investments.

Q: What are the goals of the Stephens County Development?
A: 1) To attract and recruit new business and industry Toccoa-Stephens County by utilizing an array of proactive steps, 2) To maintain an aggressive posture to assist existing industries and local economic engines to solidify and expand their local operations, and 3) To promote the “Must Say” messages of Toccoa-Stephens County across multiple mediums to a variety of internal and external audiences.

Q: What are some specific actions taken by SCDA to achieve its goals?
A: Target specific industries which might find Toccoa-Stephens County an attract place to do business , Maintain close ties with statewide industry recruiters, Conduct personal interviews with existing industries to determine challenges and growth possibilities, Focus and direct marketing efforts at targeted industries, Maintain a robust website, and Ensure that available sites and buildings serve development needs.

Q: Who serves on the Stephens County Development Authority?
A: The Mayor of Toccoa, the Stephens County Commission Chairman, the Chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, and two residents of the county appointed by the Stephens County Commission.

Q: How does SCDA solicit and garner input from others?
A: From time to time the SCDA Board creates advisory groups to offer counsel to the full board. At the current time, it has a Communications & Marketing group that meets the first Friday of each month at noon at the SCDA office.

Q: Does the SCDA offer incentives to new and expanding industries?
A: Yes. A current list of those incentives is posted on SCDA’s website

Q: What specific plans does the Stephens County Development Authority have for economic development?
A: Annually, the SCDA Board reviews it’s comprehensive plan for economic development. It too is posted on the website.

Q: What other kinds of information is available on the SDCA website?
A: Information on available land and buildings, demographic statistics, information of local government, community information, taxation, and important resources.

Q: Have we ever looked at what other communities our sizes that have a proven track record of economic development success have done?
A: Yes. We actively participate in various regional, statewide, and national associations of economic developers and closely monitor their practices to glean knowledge and adapt strategies to our local use.

Q: How easy is it to get permits and licenses and start a new business?
A: Very. City, County, and Chamber of Commerce officials are very welcoming to new enterprises. Additionally, SCDA has a Guide to Starting a New Business in Toccoa-Stephens County on its webpage.


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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