Economic Development

The Stephens County Development Authority (SCDA) is the primary point of contact for economic development projects in Toccoa-Stephens County.

The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, customer service centers, and corporate and regional headquarters. It also provides support and assistance with 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.

Stephens County has worked diligently since the establishment of the Development Authority in 1965 to develop its reputation as a business-friendly community and region.  Toccoa-Stephens County offers a well-educated and skilled labor force, comprehensive job training, affordable utilities and easy access from to major highways.

Stephens County has four industrial parks with more than 55 manufacturing plants. The most recent park, Haysetone Brady Business Park, consists of 425 acres Toccoa is located 7 miles from Interstate I-85 and is adjacent to the new four-lane Highway 17.

Since 2008, 30 new industries have located in Stephens County. Alongside of existing industries, these companies have created more than 1,430 new jobs and added over $197 million in private investment in the community.

Visit the Stephens County Development Authority website at for more information and property listings.


SCDA Mission

“To encourage and support the expansion and development of industrial and commercial facilities in Stephens County, Georgia so as to promote employment. To accomplish our mission, SCDA works with public and private sector representatives to fully utilize their collective individual and organizational resources. We act as a people-focused resource of information to those interested in business opportunities in Stephens County and as a moderator between business and individual interests.”