Local leaders created the Stephens County Development Authority in 1965 to promote growth in this vibrant area of Northeast Georgia. The SCDA gained official status in 1968 by an act of the Georgia Legislature with the adoption of a local Constitutional Amendment and hired its first executive director.
The SCDA purchased 135 acres of land to form the Stephens County Industrial Park and acquired the Camp Toccoa property in 1969. A year later the authority issued its first revenue bonds to fund the construction of a Phillips Fibers plant in the new industrial park. The SCDA also sold its Camp Toccoa property in 1970 to Milliken and Co. as the site of a new textile plant.
Growth continued in Stephens County under the guidance of local government and the SCDA and the authority purchased 185 acres of land in 1979 to establish the Meadowbrook Industrial Park. An additional 110 acres was added to the development in 1993 and the SCDA built its first spec building there in 1995. The reach of the SCDA was extended in 1995 when local officials formed a Joint Development Authority with Hart and Franklin Counties.
The authority purchased 425 acres from four local families in 1997 to create the Hayestone Brady Business Park. The SCDA and local leaders secured $10 million in federal funding in 2005 to fund infrastructure improvements and a public-private partnership with the Rooker Corp. added a $3 million spec building to the site in 2007.
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. HBBP is one of only 30 designated sites in the state. GRAD sites have been validated as meeting standards showing that they are at an advanced state of readiness for development and use by prospects.
In an ongoing effort to make the county more attractive to industrial developers, the SCDA voted in 2013 to file an application with the state to make the business park on Highway 17 and an adjacent property an enterprise zone.
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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