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GRAD Certification

Thank you for your interest in the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Program.  Its goal is to establish a portfolio of pre-qualified industrial sites for which the due diligence has been completed prior to a prospect visit.  The GRAD certification program can have a very positive impact on a community.  Since the program's inception in 2008, more than 8,000 jobs have been created on GRAD sites.  The GRAD Certification and Certification Renewal due diligence requirements include surveys of a site's topographical, geotechnical, wetlands and environmental conditions.  A full description of the certification and certification renewal processes and all other requirements are provided below.  The GRAD Certification is valid for thirty-six (36) months after which the site will be subject to renewal.

Categories of due diligence include:

  • Phase I environmental assessment
  • Preliminary geotechnical investigation
  • Cultural and endangered species investigation
  • Zoning designation
  • Utility service assessment
  • Wetlands and stream delineation
Companies that have benefited from GRAD Certified sites in the Hayestone Brady Business Park:

Read more about the GRAD Certification program and benefitting companies at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Why is the GRAD Certification important?


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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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