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GRAD Certification


The Hayestone Brady Business Park has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site by the Georgia Allies, a public-private partnership focused on economic development marketing.

The Toccoa business park is one of only 29 designated sites in the state. GRAD sites have gone through an extensive application and review process to show that they meet the strict requirements of this program.

To qualify for GRAD status, available sites have been submitted by a local community or economic development organization to the Allies and reviewed by a third party. Preparing available sites for industrial development with advance due diligence is the work behind the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Sites Program, established by the Georgia Allies. See Georgia GRAD Site Maps

The Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Program offers 60+ industrial sites that are ready for fast-track construction projects through advance due diligence.

To qualify for GRAD status, available sites must meet the program’s due diligence standards, be reviewed by a third party and earn the final approval of a steering committee comprised of public and private sector economic development professionals.


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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