Toccoa | Stephens County: Springing Forward
Giving business a welcome
Some communities become stuck in their past, but in Toccoa and Stephens County the past has become a ready springboard to the future. This rural county in northwest Georgia has found that assets like history, natural beauty and picturesque small-town life are the ingredients for success.
Times change, and the people of this region knew they had to change, too. Manufacturing has long been a linchpin of the Stephens County economy. From furniture and caskets to textiles and machine parts, local workers made tangible products the rest of the world could use. As the global economy changed, so did Toccoa. Plants closed down. Now scattered around the outskirts of town, you can see their remains in empty buildings with crumbling parking lots and broken windows.
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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