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Jamie Whitfield of Toccoa was named the 2019 PTL Equipment Employee of the Year at the Company’s Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 13. PTL president Jon Heffer and the 2018 Employee of the Year award recipient John Buchanan, presented the
Representatives from the American Woodmark Foundation recently presented Northeast Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with a donation of $5,000 to help the CASA program recruit, screen, train and support volunteers to advocate for children in foster care in its
BY TOM LAW
THE TOCCOA RECORD
The crisp new $100 bill arrived in the mail a few days ago with the only instruction being that I “bless someone in the community” with the money. And, I knew the young men
Jobless Rate Dips to Record Low
December 26, 2019
BY TOM LAW
THE TOCCOA RECORD
Unemployment in Stephens County dipped to an apparent historic low level in the fall. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the county’s jobless rate was a
The employees of Nifco KTW donated 329 toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the "Toys for Tots" program. Scott Damewood, Molding Manager was awarded for raising the most amount of toys in a department.
Nifco KTW is located in
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
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 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
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.
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 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,
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,
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
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
"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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 Completes Comtrain Authorized In-House Instructor of Basic Tower Climbing and Rescue Course
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
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
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)
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
Stephens County Receives Award For Small Community Deal Of The Year By The Georgia Economic Developers Association
“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 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.
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
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
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 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).
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.
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).
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
Participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service
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
According to final unofficial results Tuesday night, 1001 voters cast ballots in favor of SPLOST VI, while 384 voted against the SPLOST.
"I always enjoy getting to see the young students," said Wilkinson. "They are always so enthusiastic and they are so excited about
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, 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.
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
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
According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, the CCRPI replaces Adequate Yearly Progress as the state’s mechanism for measuring achievement in schools
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
Eaton plant manager Bill Hayford said he appreciated the opportunity to show Collins and the other officials on hand the quality of
“We were there two days and out from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon calling on various folks,
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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