Economic Development

The Stephens County Development Authority is the primary point  of contact for economic development projects.

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.

Since 2005, 17 industries have located or expanded in Stephens County, creating more than 900 new jobs and adding over $63 million in new private investment in the community. These companies have constructed or occupied facilities totaling over 916,000 sq.ft., on almost 150 acres of newly developed or redeveloped land.

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

The county has three industrial parks with more than 60 manufacturing plants and is served by 11 banking offices. Toccoa is located 14 miles from Interstate I-85 and three miles from Hwy. 365/441 between Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC. The area is also served by two railroads.

The Stephens County Development Authority web site is maintained separately and independently from  Stephens County. The web site contains information about assistance and incentives, available industrial and retail sites, community statistics and other valuable information.