Toccoa and Stephens County are not only blessed with affordable utilities, an educated workforce, available industrial development property and a motivated devlopment authority, but also with efficient and progressive city and county governments and a well-run public education system. City and county commissioners and school board members are dedicated to maintaining attractive property tax rates and providing the infrastucture needed for new and existing industires to flourish.
The community has benefited from local leadership and cooperation between its local governments and organizations. A combined effort from the City of Toccoa, Stephens County and the Stephens County Development Authority has resulted in the establishment of the community’s third industrial park, Hayestone Brady Business Park.
Stephens County operates under the Commission-Administrator form of local government with the Stephens County Board of Commissioners as the governing authority.
The City of Toccoa operates under the Commission-Strong Manager form of government. Five City Commissioners are elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. The City Commission elects one of its members to serve as Mayor annually. The Mayor acts as the primary representative of the City of Toccoa.
The Stephens County School System serves more than 4,100 students in four elementary schools, one middle school, one comprehensive high school and one alternative school.
Stephens County High School has been honored as a National School of Excellence and all schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and 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.
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