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SCDA Mission Statement:
“To encourage and support the expansion and development of industrial and commercial facilities in Stephens County, Georgia so as to promote employment.”
Haynestone Brady Business Park
• Georgia Ready for Accerlerated Development (GRAD)
• 100 remaining developable acres
• Future four-lane divided highway access
• All utilities onsite
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Tour of Southern Company's new Plant Vogtle
Cam Parker, Barry Roberts, Mike Haynie and Wendi Bailey toured Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle along with other community and business leaders from around the state. They were part of a special tour that went inside the secured areas of Units 1 and 2 as well as visited the construction site at Units 3 and 4. The Southern Company's new nuclear development project is located near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Community Listening Session
About 150 people gathered for a community input meeting for the Toccoa-Stephens County Tomorrow initiative. The privately funded effort is being carried out in conjunction with the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia. Barry Roberts, past chairman of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, governs the board. He said the goal of Toccoa-Stephens County Tomorrow is to create a community improvement plan for the area. Roberts said a team of community residents will look at the results of the community input meeting and, with the help of the Fanning Institute, begin compiling that information. The results will be an action plan that can be presented to local government officials for use.
GA Mountain Manufacturing Work Ready Grant Finishes Strong
Over the past eighteen months Gerald Turner has overseen the Georgia Mountain Manufacturing Regional Work Ready Grant with the Stephens County Development Authority as the fiscal agent. Through the grant, six counties, Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Stephens, and White, have directly benefited in improving the education and skill levels of our regional manufacturing workforce. At the closing of the grant, July 31, each of the goals set by the grant have been meet and thousands of students, industries, and businesses have gained knowledge and skills that will carry them with confidence into the next years of growth.
Department of Community Affairs response to broadband proposal
The Department of Community Affairs concurrs with SCDA's selection of a vendor, the North Georgia Network – NGN, to enhance broadband connectivity to our counties in northeast Georgia! The proposal has been converted into an official contract and we are working on the needed $50,000 local cash match. Construction is set to begin within the next few months.
SCDA's Kayla Carpenter gets certified
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Toccoa-Stephens County is home to 70+ manufacturers and companies that support manufacturing. Check out our industries.
Kayla Carpenter of the Stephens County Development Authority received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) on June 28 from the National Development Council (NDC). EDFP certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. Carpenter is a 2006 graduate of Stephens County High School and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a major in finance from North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega. The SCDA sincerely congratulates Kayla on her accomplishment and continued success at the Stephens County Development Authority.
No Local Tax on Energy Used In Manufacturing
Stephens County will not implement a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing. County commissioners unanimously opposed moving forward with collection of the local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing. Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean Scarborough said that the exemption at the state level was instituted as an economic development tool for the manufacturing sector. He said the county commission feels it is best to support that exemption on the local level as well. “We just feel like most of our jobs are created right now through existing industry,” said Scarborough. “We feel that anything we can do to support our local existing industry is in our favor. Then of course, this could be used as a tool to attract new industry as well.”
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