Martin Provides SCDA Update

Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin also provided an update on other Development Authority activities to both the Toccoa City and Stephens County Commissions this week.

Martin touched on a number of topics centered on both preparation and presentation in an effort to attract industry.

On the preparation front, Martin said one thing moving along is grading work at Hayestone Brady Business Park on Highway 17.

“We have had so many contacts about people wanting 30 to 50 acres of leveled land and that is hard to come by in Toccoa and Stephens County, so we are lowering eight feet of what we have out there, using that cut in some lower areas,” said Martin. “That will give us a broader, flat pad that will total near 50 acres.”

Martin also said that the Development Authority has gotten approval for Tier I Georgia tax credits through an Opportunity Zone designation for a site in the county in an effort to attract an unspecified business.

Meanwhile, on the presentation front, Martin said that the Development Authority continues to meet with businesses, industries, and project managers to promote the county.

Martin said the bottom line is to try to increase the number of jobs and investment in Stephens County.

“In this past 12 months, we were able to work and secure for our community, with great existing industry announcements, 112 jobs, which resulted in about $22.3 million worth of investments,” said Martin.”

Martin also updated city and county commissioners on the Highway 17 widening project, stating that the DOT plans to begin letting the first phase of the project, or soliciting bids, in November.