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Stephens County Schools Increased Graduation Rate

September 24, 2019

The Georgia Department of Education released it's 2019 Four-Year Graduation Rate report on September 18, 2019. The Stephens County School Systems was reported having a graduating class size of 267 with a graduation rate of 91.4% for all schools. Stephens County

Tim Martin Awarded Chamber Chairman's Award

August 28, 2019

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Directory, Tim Martin, for being awarded the Chamber Chairman's Award at the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce's 73rd Annual Chamber Awards Celebration.

 

American Woomark Named Industry of the Year

August 28, 2019

American Woodmark was named the 2019 Industry of the Year by the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce at the 73rd Annual Chamber Awards Celebration.

American Woodmark located in the Meadowbrook Industrial Park in 1988 and is one of the largest cabinet

2 Day Design Invited to White House

July 15, 2019

When the time came for a group photo at the White House the afternoon of Monday, July 15, Allison Carron and Amy Prater muscled their way right to the center of attention – at the elbow of President Donald J.

American Woodmark Nominated as Top Georgia Small Manufacturer

June 12, 2019

North Georgia Technical College recently nominated American Woodmark of Toccoa for the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year in the small manufacturing category (less than 150 employees.) The Toccoa plant manufactures cabinet components that are assembled in other American Woodmark locations

ASI Christens New Plant

June 19, 2018

"ASI Southeast celebrated the opening of a new building with Stephens County business and development entities on Wednesday, June 13. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the company's newest plant location off Clary Connector. Those present included company officials,

CMC Gives Employees $1,000 Bonuses

February 12, 2018

Local manufacturer CMC awarded each full year 2017 employee a one-time bonus of $1,000 last week following the passage of new tax legislation.  The bonus amounts were based on a person’s length of service in 2017. All of CMC’s full-time,

Industry Creates 223 Jobs in 2017

January 16, 2018

 

BY DUANE WINN
THE TOCCOA RECORD

"Last year didn't bring any new manufacturing giants to Stephens County such as NIFCO KTW or Sark Wire, but it nonetheless was a good year on the local industrial front, said Tim Martin, executive director of

SCDA Restores $25,000 to Budget

November 20, 2017

By Duane Winn

THE TOCCOA RECORD

"The Stephens County Development Authority (SCDA) budget for fiscal year 2017-18 was black and blue a couple of months ago when it took a hit from the Stephens County Commission. Commissioners, in an attempt to trim

SCDA Attends 2017 Good News Gathering

July 17, 2017

At the gathering, more than 20 counties get together to share their county's good news. Elizabeth Jones, the SCDA's newest Administrative Assistant, shared the report from Stephens County. She shared that over the past year the SCDA has watched as Stephens

SCDA Launches New Social Media Strategy

July 13, 2017

"It all started a couple of years agow with a few Facebook posts from Brittany Wilkinson-Ivey. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin can still recall when he and Wilkinson-Ivey looked with anticipation to the day when the organixation's

Highway 17 Officially Opens

August 30, 2016

Local, state and federal representatives gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new four lane highway connecting Toccoa-Stephens County to I-85 in Lavonia.  Most of the four lane highway opened last week but there is still

Sark Wire's plant manager Ahmet Kabaktepe (right) and Sark Wire's Vice President Tolga Isik (left) pictured with SCDA Executive Director, Tim Martin
Sark Wire's plant manager Ahmet Kabaktepe (right) and Sark Wire's Vice President Tolga Isik (left) pictured with SCDA Executive Director, Tim Martin

Sark Wire Expanding

August 24, 2016

Sark Wire announced earlier this month that they had plans to expand their current operations in Toccoa-Stephens County.  They have already completed the grading on their 8,000 square foot addition.  

SCDA Board & Community Leaders Say Thank You

August 9, 2016

The Stephens County Development Authority and other community leaders showed our appreciation to our dedicated public works crews by sharing chilled, seedless watermelons on a hot summer day.  The development authority routinely calls on both the City and County crews

Gregg Hibbard, general superintendent/partner with the Legacy Water Group, the contractors on the job.
Gregg Hibbard, general superintendent/partner with the Legacy Water Group, the contractors on the job.

Sewer Expansion Work Begins in Stephens County

August 8, 2016

The Toccoa-Stephens County Veterans Parkway water & sanitary sewer collection system expansion project is underway. The rights-of-ways have been staked and they are being cleared. This project calls for 4,300 LF of 8” gravity sewer, 11,000 LF of 6” force

Andrew Seaver and P.J. Waldrop touring ASI Southeast Global Partitions with Barry Roberts, Director of Operations & Doug Hitchon, Executive Vice President & COO
Andrew Seaver and P.J. Waldrop touring ASI Southeast Global Partitions with Barry Roberts, Director of Operations & Doug Hitchon, Executive Vice President & COO

U.S. Senator David Perdue's Representatives Visit Toccoa-Stephens County

August 4, 2016

United States Senator David Perdue's Leislative Director P.J. Waldrop from Washington, D.C. and his Northeast Georgia Field Representative Andrew Seaver visited Toccoa-Stephens County.  They were able to tour all three ASI Southeast locations: Global Partitions, Gem Plastics & Gem Industries, the

Owner Becky Strobel holds their new sign
Owner Becky Strobel holds their new sign

Tony's Trophies Comes To Toccoa

July 20, 2016

Tony's Trophies has purchased the old Walbrook Printing Building on East Currahee Street and started their renovations.  They manufacture trophies and various other awards.  We are planning a ribbon cutting ceremony there shortly.

Good News Gathering at Chateau Elan
Good News Gathering at Chateau Elan

SCDA Attends Good News Gathering

July 20, 2016

Stephens County Development Authority attended Georgia Power Company's "Good News Gathering".  In all, 20 or so county level economic developers met to share local good news.  Each county representative was given three to five minutes to brag on their local

Local leaders gathered in the SCDA Board Room to talk with Joel Katz
Local leaders gathered in the SCDA Board Room to talk with Joel Katz

Local Leaders Meet with Congressman Doug Collins' District Director

July 8, 2016

Congressman Doug Collins' District Director Joel Katz visited with several members of our community leadership team to discuss federal matters of mutual interest. Items included topics such as Lake Hartwell, Orphan Counties, Windstream, Veterans Affairs, federal grants, tax & regulatory

Cope Closet Recognized

July 7, 2016

Local Company Cope Closet was featured in this month's edition of National Hardwood Magazine! Take a look at the entire article at: http://www.millerwoodtradepub.com/publications/national-hardwood-magazine/current-feature-stories/cope-closet/.

The Stephens County 
Development Authority 
recognized Clay Fisher for his 
outstanding service on the 
2015-2016 SCDA Board at our
June Meeting.
The Stephens County Development Authority recognized Clay Fisher for his outstanding service on the 2015-2016 SCDA Board at our June Meeting.

SCDA Board Member Recognized For Service And New Member Welcomed

July 1, 2016

Brian Akin presented Clay Fisher a plaque and commended him on his outstanding support of the Development Authority during his tenure on the board.  Stacy Miller is the new Chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and will start

JDA Makes Presentation at the Georgia Resource Center

June 29, 2016

The JDA of Franklin, Hart and Stephens Counties made their annual presentation to statewide developers at the Georgia Resource Center.  It is important to keep project managers updated on what is happening in our area so they think of us

Nifco KTW Receives Award

June 10, 2016

Congratulations to Nifco KTW and Toccoa-Stephens County on being recognized again for their success in 2015. This time Area Development named Nifco KTW as one of the 2015 Top 10 projects in Georgia. Georgia was a recognized in the 2016

Tim Martin presents Louis Bourne, Nifco KTW's business unit controller the Certificate of Occupancy
Tim Martin presents Louis Bourne, Nifco KTW's business unit controller the Certificate of Occupancy

Nifco KTW Receives Certificate Of Occupation

June 2, 2016

Local Building Inspector Phil Gruber made his final walk through the Nifco KTW plant earlier this week and signed off on the building project.  SCDA Executive Director Tim Martin presented them with their officical Certificate of Occupancy today.  This brings

Kyle Duke from City Electric Supply Store introducing our guest speaker from Meltric Corporation.
Kyle Duke from City Electric Supply Store introducing our guest speaker from Meltric Corporation.

SCDA Hosts Local Plant Manager Meeting

May 17, 2016

The Stephens County Development Authority and the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce hosted representation from 10 local companies and industries at our quarterly plant managers meeting.  This quarter’s meeting was

Caterpillar Hosts Job Fair

May 12, 2016

Caterpillar hosted a job fair today in between shifts in preparation for their closure at the end of the month.  The Department of Labor worked with CAT officials to make sure there were plenty of options present for each of

Kris Clark former student of the program & intern at ASI pictured with company COO, Doug Hitchon
Kris Clark former student of the program & intern at ASI pictured with company COO, Doug Hitchon

Industry & Innovation Student Employer Celebration

May 6, 2016

The Industry & Innovation Student Employer Celebration Event was held at Stephens County High School. Brent Farrar explained the program to the industry leaders in attendance and we heard three

SCDA Receives Mac Conway Award

May 1, 2016

The Stephens County Development Authority was honored to be recognized in the May edition of 'Site Selection' magazine with "The Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development, The Top 10 Economic (Micropolitan) Development Agencies of 2015".  Site selection uses

Kokoon Homes Hosts Ribbon Cutting

April 8, 2016

There was an excellent turn out at the ribbon cutting for Kokoon homes at their new building on West Doyle Street.  They have really done an outstanding job transferring that

New Highway GA 17 At Hayestone Brady Business Park

April 15, 2016

Stephens County High School Student and Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce intern, Cole Heffer, recently created a brief video of the construction of the new GA Highway 17 at Hayestone Brady Business Park.  Cole is responsible for several promotional videos

Standard Register now Taylor Communications

April 1, 2016

The last week of March Standard Register became Taylor Communications and just this week they revealed new signage at their plant.  Standard Register had been in the print industry for more than 100 years when Taylor Corp. bought them out

Toccoa Makes List For Top Micropolitan Ares For Economic Development

March 30, 2016

Congratulations to Toccoa for being recognized in a list of the top micropolitan areas for economic development, according to a list by Site Selection magazine.

 

http://wnegradio.com/list-highlights-local-micropolitan-areas-for-economic-development/

Ivey Graduates from Basic Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech

March 22, 2016

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for entry-level economic development practitioners.  Basic Economic Development Courses serve as the equivalent to  International Economic Development Council's Introduction to Economic Development course in preparation for the IEDC Certification exam. Accreditation

Tim Ritenour
Tim Ritenour

Tim Ritenour Completes Comtrain Authorized In-House Instructor of Basic Tower Climbing and Rescue Course

March 17, 2016

Local company Global Tank and Tower, LLC has been in Toccoa a little over a year now and they are already having an impact on our local economy and workforce.  Last week they shared with us that through working with

Sark Wire is Shipping from Toccoa-Stephens County

December 23, 2015

According to a new promotional video, their new Toccoa Plant gives them a presence in the Southeastern United States that allows them to ship anywhere in the United States in 24 hours.  To learn more about Toccoa's newest up and running industry please

ASI Southeast is Making Progress on Their Expansion

December 2, 2015

Over 91,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved along with a fair amount of rock.  The 112,000 square foot building constructed and designed by the J. Davis team started earlier this year and has current plans to be completed

Deborah Gibby, Rick Phillips, Clay Fisher, Julie Paysen, and Tammy Riddle pictured with Pat Merritt (Georgia EMC), Rope Roberts (Georgia Power Co.) and Brian Dill (Georgia Department of Community Affairs)
Deborah Gibby, Rick Phillips, Clay Fisher, Julie Paysen, and Tammy Riddle pictured with Pat Merritt (Georgia EMC), Rope Roberts (Georgia Power Co.) and Brian Dill (Georgia Department of Community Affairs)

STEPHENS COUNTY GRADUATES FROM THE GEORGIA ACADEMY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

November 23, 2015

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia.  The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic development

Lonnie Smallwood & Nico Wijnberg, State Project Managers; Bryan Kelley, Vice President NIfCO America; Tim Martin, SCDA; Commissioner Gretchen Corbin,Technical College System of Georgia; Reiner Sagenmueller, Plant Manager; Brian Akin, SCDA
Lonnie Smallwood & Nico Wijnberg, State Project Managers; Bryan Kelley, Vice President NIfCO America; Tim Martin, SCDA; Commissioner Gretchen Corbin,Technical College System of Georgia; Reiner Sagenmueller, Plant Manager; Brian Akin, SCDA

Stephens County Receives Award For Small Community Deal Of The Year By The Georgia Economic Developers Association

November 18, 2015

“As if the addition of Nifco-KTW to our community was not exciting enough, receiving the GEDA's Deal of the Year Award for our efforts on this project is certainly something the SCDA and Toccoa-Stephens County can be proud of.  Everyone

Sark Wire Building, formally known as the Eddy West Building, is located in Meadowbrook Industrial Park.
Sark Wire Building, formally known as the Eddy West Building, is located in Meadowbrook Industrial Park.

Sark-USA Expands in Stephens County

May 28, 2015

“SARK is excited to be expanding our operations into the Southeast,” said Sarkuysan Chairman. “The state of Georgia has lived up to their reputation of having a favorable business climate and Toccoa-Stephens County has already made us feel so at

Romeo Adams, owner, is pictured with employees and several excited community members as he cuts the Ribbon at their newest operation.
Romeo Adams, owner, is pictured with employees and several excited community members as he cuts the Ribbon at their newest operation.

Adams Building Supplies Holds Ribbon Cutting

April 17, 2015

A new building supply store opens its doors to the community.  Adams Building Supplies had its Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Thursday to celebrate its grand opening.  Adams Building Supplies in Toccoa will be their fourth chain, there are

ASI Southeast Breaks Ground on new Facility

December 12, 2014

Company President Peter Rolla said the company has done well in Georgia and credits the strong relationship with the local and state government for that.  Mr. Rolla said that Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin, played a very

Tiny House on Wheels

December 1, 2014

The shell is soy foam insulated and weather tight and is ready to be finished as the consumer likes.  The factory painted steel roof comes in five colors and has an industry first, 10 year warranty.  Kokoon exclusive innovations include

Stephens County Graduates from Georgia Academy for Economic Development

November 24, 2014

Stephens County graduates are Chuck Wright, Debbie Whitlock, Tug Carter, Brittany Ivey, Gail Fry, and Brian Akin.  They are pictured with Pat Merritt (Georgia EMC Facilitator), Dennis Chastain (Georgia Academy for Economic Development Board) and Rope Roberts (Georgia Power Facilitator).

Created

Currahee Club: Georgia's Number 1 Golf Course

November 5, 2014

Currahee Club was selected by the Georgia Golf Course Owners/Operators Association (GGCOA) as its 2014 Club of the Year.  Matt Brown, GGCOA’s Executive Director said that “with 7,513 yards from the tees, significant elevation drops, bentgrass greens, over 250 acres

Pictured from left to right:  Debbie Whitlock, Stanly London, Dennis Bell, Michelle Grafton,Dean Scarborough, Doug Hitchon, Phyllis Ayers, Brian Ranck, Barry Roberts.
Pictured from left to right: Debbie Whitlock, Stanly London, Dennis Bell, Michelle Grafton,Dean Scarborough, Doug Hitchon, Phyllis Ayers, Brian Ranck, Barry Roberts.

Gem Southeast Announces Expansion Plans

November 3, 2014

GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr said, " GEM Southeast is an excellent member of Georgia's robust manufacturing network."  They manufacturer and distribute toilet partitions, lockers, and washroom accessories.  They currently employ over 350 people and this expansion of a new 110,000- square-foot facility

Pictured are Barry Roberts, Doug Hitchon, Cassandra Wilkins (Global Partitions);Derrick Hofford (Video Producer); Brain Dorsey (Stephens County Superintendent); Dr. Gail Thaxton (NGTC President).
Pictured are Barry Roberts, Doug Hitchon, Cassandra Wilkins (Global Partitions);Derrick Hofford (Video Producer); Brain Dorsey (Stephens County Superintendent); Dr. Gail Thaxton (NGTC President).

Manufacturing Video Winners Announced

October 31, 2014

Each student paired up with a local manufacturer in their county to produce a video highlighting that industry.  After the videos were completed they were shared on the web and winners were decided based on popular vote.  North Georgia Tech

Solar Panels Up & Running for Georgia Power

April 25, 2014
The solar panels are located in the area of Turner and Wolf Pit roads.
 
Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said that the panels were turned on and began producing 700 kilowatts of electricity to send to the Georgia Power grid

Toccoa-Stephens Co. One of “Four for the Future”

April 10, 2014
Earlier this week, the city and county were recognized by Georgia Trend magazine and the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach division with a “Four for the Future” award.
 
 
Georgia Trend magazine says the award is designed to recognize communities

Stephens Co. Commission Passes Land Use

March 12, 2014
Land use is coming to Stephens County.
 
County commissioners approved the land use ordinance by a vote of 4-1 during their meeting Tuesday morning.
 
Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean Scarborough said that while the ordinance may not be perfect, he feels it

SCDA Gets Good News On Sewer Expansion Grant

February 19, 2014
Toccoa and Stephens County remain in the running for a significant grant to help with a local water and sewer expansion project.
 
Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin says that the Economic Development Administration has contacted the Development Authority

STAR Student Named at SCHS

February 5, 2014
Stephens County officially recognizes this year’s STAR student and star teacher.
 
The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the Stephens County School System held the annual STAR Student and STAR Teacher reception at Stephens County High School on Tuesday.
 
This year’s STAR

GA Department of Economic Development Leaders Visit Stephens Co.

January 11, 2014
Top state economic development officials take time to visit Stephens County.
 
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr and his staff spent

Stephens County Residents Complete Economic Development Training

December 30, 2013

Participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service

Butler Visits Osborne Wood Products

November 8, 2013

Christian Smedberg, Director of Marketing, led the group through the facility describing key values and goals of the company.  He explained the company has adopted lean management and strategies for the present in order to gain competitive advantage in the

Stephens County Voters Approve Extending SPLOST

November 8, 2013

According to final unofficial results Tuesday night, 1001 voters cast ballots in favor of SPLOST VI, while 384 voted against the SPLOST. 

Wilkinson Visits Big A Elementary for Pre-K Week

October 4, 2013

"I always enjoy getting to see the young students," said Wilkinson.  "They are always so enthusiastic and they are so excited about

Sen. Wilkinson and Gov. Deal Break Ground on State Route 17 Expansion

September 9, 2013

This project is a part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP) to boost Georgia’s economic development by connecting 95 percent of cities with 2,500 or more people to the Interstate Highway System, providing healthy arteries for goods to be

Toccoa Featured as Town of the Week on National Broadcast

August 17, 2013

Toccoa, Georgia was named Town of the Week on Michael Feldman's Whad' Ya Know National Radio Broadcast.  Listen as Michael chats with Toccoa native Cynthia Brown.

Toccoa | Stephens County: Springing Forward

July 31, 2013

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

Tom Hanks Makes Donation To Camp Toccoa at Currahee

June 13, 2013

Hanks had served as one of tghe executive producers on the "Band of Brothers" mini-series, which depicted the story of "Easy" company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which trained at Camp Toccoa before fighting in World War II.  In

Stephens County Schools Do Well On Initial CCRPI

May 9, 2013

According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, the CCRPI replaces Adequate Yearly Progress as the state’s mechanism for measuring achievement in schools

Experience Northeast Georgia

April 30, 2013

The book and CD travel guide highlights 75 locations as well-known artist John Kollack narrates the guide.  Stephens County has five sites featured on the travel guide: The Stephens County Historic Courthouse, Currahee Mountain, Travelers Rest, the Currahee Military Museum

U.S. Rep. Collins Visits Stephens County

February 25, 2013

Eaton plant manager Bill Hayford said he appreciated the opportunity to show Collins and the other officials on hand the quality of

Local Officials Say Washington Trip Went Well

March 13, 2013

“We were there two days and out from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon calling on various folks,

Toccoa-Stephens County Day Held in Atlanta

February 20, 2013

Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber Chair Lee Ellen Fields said that it is very important for local representatives to spend time in Atlanta

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