Site Meter
Home » Site Seekers Guide » Georgia Economic Development Directory

Georgia Economic Development Directory

GA Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Bill Dobbs
Director of Business Development
75 5th Street NW, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA USA 30308
Would you like to advertise here? call 732-559-1265 or email Jim Semple at

GA Utilities

Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
Joe Riley
Manager, Economic Development
75 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 710
Atlanta, GA USA 30308
800-339-7185 7616
Georgia Power
John D’Andrea
Manager, New Business Development
75 Fifth Street NW, Suite 175
Atlanta, GA USA 30308
MEAG Power-Location Georgia
Daryl Ingram
Managing Director
75 Fifth Street NW, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA USA 30308
Would you like to advertise here? call 732-559-1265 or email Jim Semple at

GA Regional Economic Development Agencies

Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority
Nathan Sparks
Executive Director
4 Glynn Avenue
Brunswick, GA USA 31520
Development Authority of Bainbridge/Decatur County
Rick McCaskill
Executive Director
P.O. Box 755
Bainbridge, GA USA 39818
Georgia Mountains Regional Development Center
Danny Lewis
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1720
Gainesville, GA USA 30503
Heart of GA Altamaha Regional Development Center
Alan Mazza
Executive Director
5405 Oak Street
Eastman, GA USA 31023
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
John W. Gilman
VP, Business Recruitment
235 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW
Atlanta, GA USA 30303
Middle Georgia Regional Development Center
Ralph Nix
Executive Director
175-C Emery Highway
Macon, GA USA 31217
North Georgia Regional Development Center
Barry Tarter
Executive Director
503 West Waugh Street
Dalton, GA USA 30720
NW Georgia Joint Development Authority
Jeff Mullis
Executive Director
10052 North Highway 27, Box 220
Rock Spring, GA USA 30729
Okefenokee Area Development Authority
Regina Morgan
Executive Director
P.O. Box 2046
Waycross, GA USA 31501
River Valley Regional Commission
Patti Cullen
Executive Director
P. O. Box 1908, 1428 Second Avenue
Columbus, GA USA 31902
South Georgia Regional Development Center
John Leonard
Executive Director
327 West Savannah Avenue
Valdosta, GA USA 31601
Southeast GA Regonal Development Center
Lace Futch
Executive Director
1725 South Georgia Parkway West
Waycross, GA USA 31503
Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center
Dan Bollinger
Executive Director
30 West Broad Street, P.O. Box 346
Camilla, GA USA 31730
Would you like to advertise here? call 732-559-1265 or email Jim Semple at

GA County Economic Development Agencies

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission
Andrea Schruijer
Vice President
225 West Broad Avenue
Albany, GA USA 31701
Alma-Bacon County Development Authority
John Tanner
Executive Director
1120 West 12th Street
Alma, GA USA 31510
Americus & Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
Angela Westra
409 Elm Avenue, Suite A
Americus, GA USA 31709
Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation
Matt Forshee
President & CEO
246 West Hancock
Athens, GA USA 30603
706-549-6800 232
Augusta Economic Development Authority
Walter C. Sprouse, Jr., CEcD, CCE, FM
Executive Director
Suite 560, 1450 Greene Street, Historic Enterprise Mill
Augusta, GA USA 30901
706-821-1321 1
Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development
Melinda Lemmon
Executive Director
P.O. Box 307, 122 West Main Street
Cartersville, GA USA 30120
Cordele/Crisp Industrial Development Council
Bruce Drennan
Executive Director
201 South 7th Street, P.O. Box 38
Cordele, GA USA 31010
Coweta County Development Authority
Bill Harrison
Executive Director
1605 Highway 34 East, Suite A-2
Newnan, GA USA 30265
Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
Randall Toussaint
Vice President, Economic Development
212 Kelly Mill Road
Cumming, GA USA 30040
770-887-6461 13
DeKalb County Office of Economic Development
Maria M. Mullins
150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 400
Decatur, GA USA 30030

Development Authority of Bryan County
F.J. Fenn
Executive Director
P.O. Box 267
Pembroke, GA USA 31321
Development Authority of Monroe County
Tiffany Andrews
Executive Director
68 North Lee Street
Forsyth, GA USA 31029
Development Authority of Pike County
Karen S. Brown, IOM
Executive Director
416 Thomaston Street, P.O. Box 1147
Zebulon, GA USA 30295
Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority
Ms. Willie Paulk
1200 Bellevue Avenue
Dublin, GA USA 31040
Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce
Judy Hemphill Madden
President & CEO
1646 College Street, P.O. Box 550
Eastman, GA USA 31023
Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce
Roddie Anne Blackwell
President/Project Manager
305 North Madison Avenue, P.O. Box 4088
Eatonton, GA USA 31024
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority
Brandt Herndon
President & CEO
520 West Third Street
Springfield, GA USA 31329
Fayette County Development Authority
Barry Tarter
President & CEO
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville, GA USA 30214
Folkston-Charlton County Development Authority
Fred Coley
202 West Main Street, P.O. Box 756
Folkston, GA USA 31537
Griffin-Spalding Development Authority
David M. Luckie, CEcD
Executive Director
109 East Solomon Street, Suite 100, P.O. Box 1009
Griffin, GA USA 30224-1009
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber
Jane Fryer
111 Bull Street., P.O. Box 636
LaGrange, GA USA 30241-0636

Liberty County Development Authority
Ronald E. Tolley
425 West Oglethorpe Highway
Hinesville, GA USA 31313
Lumpkin County Development Authority
Bruce Abraham
Executive Director
99 Courthouse Hill
Dahlonega, GA USA 30533
Madison-Morgan County Chamber
Bob Hughes
Economic Development Director
115 East Jefferson Street
Madison, GA USA 30650
Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority
Angie Gheesling
Executive Director
130 South Jefferson Street
Milledgeville, GA USA 31061

Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority
Darrell Moore
116 First Avenue SE, P.O. Box 487
Moultrie, GA USA 31776
Oconee County Economic Development Department
Rusty Haygood
23 North Main Street, P.O. Box 145
Watkinsville, GA USA 30677
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development
100 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 165
Tifton, GA USA 31793
Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
Brad Lofton
Executive Director
2110 North Patterson Street, Suite A
Valdosta, GA USA 31603
Would you like to advertise here? call 732-559-1265 or email Jim Semple at

GA City Economic Development Agencies

Atlanta Development Authority
Peggy McCormick
86 Pryor Street, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA USA 30303
City of Marietta Development Services
Michael G. Donahoo
Economic Development Project Manager
205 Lawrence Street, P.O. Box 609
Marietta, GA USA 30061-0609
City of Roswell
Bill Keir
Manager, Economic Development
38 Hill Street, Suite G-30
Roswell, GA USA 30075
Cochran-Bleckley Chamber & I.D.A.
Kathryn Fisher
Executive Director
102 North 2nd Street, P.O. Box 305
Cochran, GA USA 31014
Dalton Whitfield Joint Development Authority
Melanie Suggs
Executive Director
890 College Drive
Dalton, GA USA 30720
Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Mike Gaymon
President & CEO
1200 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 1200
Columbus, GA USA 31902-1200
Macon Economic Development Commission
Chip Cherry
President & CEO
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA USA 31217
Savannah Economic Development Authority
Eric R. Winger
P.O. Box 128
Savannah, GA USA 31402
912-447-8450 or 800-673-7388

Georgia State Incentives

SINGLE FACTOR APPORTIONMENT: 2005, Georgia became the first state in the Southeast to adopt a “Single Factor Gross Receipts” apportionment formula. This formula treats a company’s gross receipts, or sales in Georgia, as the only relevant factor in determining the portion of that company’s income subject to Georgia’s 6 percent corporate income tax. This significantly reduces the effective rate of Georgia income taxation of companies with substantial sales to customers outside the state. In addition, GA does not use the so-called “Throw Back Rule,” which many states use to tax income from sales of goods or services to out-of-state  customers if the customer’s state does not already tax that income.


  • QUALITY JOBS TAX CREDIT: Companies that create at least 50 jobs in a 12 month period where each job pays wages at least 110 percent of the county average are eligible to receive a tax credit of $2,500-$5,000 per job, per year, for up to five years, based on a scaled system. New quality jobs created within seven years can qualify for the credit. Credits may be used to offset the company’s payroll withholding once all other tax liability has been exhausted, and may be carried forward for 10 years.
  • JOB TAX CREDIT: Companies and their headquarters that are engaged in strategic industries such as manufacturing, warehousing & distribution, processing, telecommunications, broadcasting, tourism and R&D may qualify. Depending on the community’s tier, companies must create between five and 25 net new full-time jobs in the first year. Credits may also be accrued for additional jobs created in years 2-5. Jobs created outside of year five may not be claimed unless a new threshold for job creation (year 1) is met. Qualified companies can claim a tax credit with a value of $750—$3,500 per job, per year, beginning with the first taxable year in which the new job is created and for the following four years the job is maintained. An additional $500 credit is offered in counties that participate in a multi-county Joint Development Authority. Increased job tax credits, equal to Tier 1 credits, are also allowed for companies that create jobs in Less Developed Census Tracts, Opportunity Zones (OZ) or Military Zones (MZ). OZs, MZs and Georgia’s 40 least developed counties offer job tax credits to businesses of any nature. Credits may be taken against 100 percent of state corporate income tax liability in Tier 1 & 2 counties, or 50 percent of state corporate income tax liability in Tier 3 & 4 counties.
  • PORT TAX CREDIT BONUS: Available to taxpayers who increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by 10 percent over the previous or base year. Base year port traffic must be at least 75 net tons, five containers or 10 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units); if not, the percentage increase in port traffic will be calculated using 75 net tons, five containers, or 10 TEUs as the base. The port tax credit bonus can be used with either the Job or the Investment Tax Credit program, provided that the company meets the requirements for one of those programs. Port Tax Credits may be used to offset up to 50 percent of the company’s corporate income tax liability. Cannot be utilized with the Quality Jobs Tax Credit and can only be used in Opportunity Zones, Military Zones and Less Developed Census Tracts in limited cases by existing large distribution centers.

o     Port Tax Credit bonus for JOB Tax Credits – an additional $1,250/job credit for taxpayers with qualified increases in shipments through a GA port. The $1,250 is added to the Job Tax Credit.

o      Port Tax Credit bonus for INVESTMENT Tax Credit – increases the Investment Tax Credit to the equivalent of a Tier 1 location regardless of the tier level. The port bonus would therefore be equal to 5 percent of the qualified investment in expenses directly related to manufacturing or providing telecommunication services, with the credit increasing to 8 percent for recycling, pollution control and defense conversion.

  • RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT: An incentive to new and existing business entities performing qualified R&D in Georgia. Companies may claim a 10 percent tax credit of increased R&D expenses subject to a base amount calculation: The base amount = Current Year Georgia Gross Receipts x (the average of the ratios of the company’s qualified GA research expenses to GA gross receipts for the preceding three taxable years) OR 0.300, whichever is less. For new Georgia companies or for companies with no prior R&D expenditures in the state, the base amount is 30 percent of the current year’s GA gross receipts.The credit is determined by taking the current year’s qualified R&D expenses, subtracting the base amount and multiplying by 10 percent. The credit is applied to 50 percent of the company’s net GA income tax liability after all other credits have been applied. In the first five years of a newly formed business entity in GA, any excess R&D credit can then be applied to the company’s state payroll withholding. Unused credits can be carried forward up to 10 years from the close of the taxable year in which the qualified research expenses were made.
  • MEGA PROJECT TAX CREDIT: Companies that employ at least 1,800 net new employees, and either invest a minimum of $450 million or have a minimum annual payroll of $150 million may claim a $5,250 per job, per year tax credit for the first five years of each net new job position. Credits are first applied to state corporate income tax, with excess credits eligible for use against payroll withholding. Credits may be carried forward for 10 years.
  • CHILD CARE TAX CREDITS: Employers who purchase or build qualified child care facilities are eligible to receive GA income tax credits equal to 100 percent of the cost of construction—the credit is spread over 10 years [10 percent each year]. Unused credits from the purchase or construction of a child care facility can be carried forward three years. The child care facility must be licensed by the state.Employers who provide or sponsor child care for employees are eligible for a credit against Georgia income tax equal to 75 percent of the employer’s direct costs. Credits that are related to the operating cost of the facility may be carried forward five years. All child care credits can be used against 50 percent of the taxpayer’s income tax liability in a given year.
  • WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT PROGRAM (WOTC): Coordinated by the Georgia Dept. of Labor, it is a federal tax credit incentive that the U.S. Congress provides to private-sector businesses for hiring individuals from nine target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. Among others, target groups include certain TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and food stamp recipients, and certain residents of an Empowerment Zone or Rural Renewal County. Participating companies are compensated by being able to reduce their federal income tax liability with a tax credit between $1,200 and $9,000 per qualified employee, depending on the target group. See


  • SALES & USE TAX EXEMPTION: Qualified equipment purchases or leases are exempt from sales tax when the equipment purchased is used in the manufacturing process. Under certain conditions, primary material handling equipment (in warehouses and distribution centers), computer equipment and Class 100 (or less) clean room machinery, equipment and materials can also be exempted.
  • INVENTORY TAX EXEMPTION: Effective January 1, 2011, business inventory is exempt from state property taxes (0.25 mills). Many Georgia counties also exempt from property tax up to 100 percent of qualified raw material, work-in-process and finished goods inventory under Georgia’s local-option “Freeport” law. In most of these counties, distribution center and warehouse inventories are exempt if the inventory is destined to be shipped out of state.
  • FOREIGN TRADE ZONE (FTZ): Allows qualified companies to defer, decrease or eliminate duties on materials imported from overseas that are used in products assembled in Georgia.


  • HIRING ASSISTANCE: Georgia’s Department of Labor (GDOL) assists companies in recruitment by posting job notices, collecting and screening applications and/or résumés, providing interview space, scheduling interviews and hosting job fairs. GDOL will work with private employment agencies that list jobs with the state.
  • QUICK START EMPLOYEE TRAINING: Provides customized training for new employees in skill-based jobs at no cost to qualifying companies. The training program is given to the company for its future use. Quick Start provides training space, instructors and all needed materials related to the program, potentially saving companies millions of dollars in training costs. See
  • GEORGIA WORK READY: Available for companies meeting minimum hiring requirements. GA companies can implement Work Ready two ways—through job profiling and Work Ready Certificates. Work Ready job profiles identify the job tasks and skill levels necessary to be successful in any job. Companies match those profiles to employees’ Work Ready Certificates, which measure core skills, to ensure the right person is placed in the right job. See
  • RETRAINING TAX CREDIT: A company’s direct investment in training can be claimed as a tax credit. It is available to all GA businesses that file a GA income tax return. 50 percent of the employer’s direct cost, up to $500 per full-time employee, per approved training program, may be claimed as a credit. The total amount cannot exceed $1,250 per employee per year. Training programs must be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia and must be for quality and productivity enhancements and certain software technologies. This tax credit can be used to offset up to 50 percent of a company’s state corporate income tax liability. Unused credits can be carried forward for 10 years. These credits can be combined with other tax credits.
  • GEORGIA’S INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (ICAPP): The University System of Georgia’s economic development program created by the Board of Regents in 1995 that connects the intellectual resources of GA’s 35 public college and universities to the state’s business community. ICAPP staff and a team of economic development leaders from each campus help Georgia businesses tap into the University System of GA for college-educated employees, access to the latest research and business and operations advice. See


  • ANGEL INVESTOR TAX CREDIT: An income tax credit for qualified investors who invest in certain qualified businesses in Georgia in calendar years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The credit is claimed two years later, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. The credit is 35 percent of the investment with an individual investor cap of $50,000 per year. The aggregate annual cap for this program is $10 million. The qualified investor must get approval from the Georgia Department of Revenue before claiming the credit.
  • SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF: Allows small businesses making capital investments of less than $410,000 to write off up to $102,000 of those expenses. For capital investments greater than $410,000, the tax write-off is reduced dollar for dollar.
  • ENTREPRENUER AND SMALL BUSINESS LOAN (ESB) GUARANTEE PROGRAM: In partnership with the OneGeorgia Authority, the state can provide loan guarantees to spur entrepreneurial growth in specified rural communities throughout GA. The guarantee amounts can range between $35,000 and $250,000, can be used for hard assets or for start-up and working capital and require a 10 percent cash equity injection by the borrower. See
  • WORK READY REIMBURSEMENTS: Businesses employing fewer than 50 people are eligible to receive $250 (up to $1,250) per certified Work Ready individual hired to assist with hiring and training costs. See


  • INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT: Existing Georgia companies that have operated a manufacturing or telecommunications support facility in the state for at least three years, and that make a minimum $50,000 additional qualified capital investment, may claim from 1 to 5 percent (depending on tier status) of the new investment directly related to manufacturing or providing telecommunications services as a tax credit. Higher credits (3 to 8 percent, depending on tier status) are available for investments in recycling or pollution control equipment and for defense plant manufacturing conversion to a new product. Taxpayers must choose either the investment tax credit or the job tax credit. This credit may be applied against 50 percent of state corporate income tax liability and carried forward for 10 years.
  • OPTIONAL INVESTMENT TAX CREDITS: Can be taken in lieu of the investment tax credit. The credits range from 6 to 10 percent of qualified capital investment. This credit is available to taxpayers that qualify for investment tax credits, with the minimum investment ranging from $5 million to $20 million. A taxpayer can use the tax credits up to the calculated amount for a given year. The credit may be claimed up to 10 years after the year the property was first placed in service, provided the property remains in service. The optional investment tax credit is a calculated risk. Without large increases each year in income tax liability, the usable tax credit could be very small and possibly zero.
  • CENTERS OF INNOVATION: Georgia’s six Centers of Innovation provide unique, technology-oriented support to businesses and start-ups in the areas of Aerospace, Agribusiness, Energy, Life Sciences, Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing. Each center provides direct access to university and technical college applied research, commercialization resources, technology connections, matching grant funds, potential investor networks and key government agencies. Client companies are connected with industry-specific experts who are on the leading edge of technology and new ideas. See
  • GEORGIA FILM TAX CREDIT: The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act offers an across-the-board flat tax credit of 20 percent based on a minimum investment of $500,000 on qualified productions in the state. An additional 10 percent uplift can be earned by including an imbedded animated GA logo on approved projects. Qualified expenditures include materials, services and labor. Eligible productions include feature films; television movies, pilots or series; commercials; music videos; and certain interactive projects including types of animation, special effects and video game development. The minimum expenditure threshold can be met with one or the total of multiple projects aggregated. The income tax credit may be used against GA income tax liability or the company’s GA withholding. If the production company chooses, they may make a one-time sale or transfer of the tax credit to one or more Georgia taxpayers.


About The Author

BF Staff

Number of Entries : 1660

© 2015 Business Facilities Magazine | Group C Media, Inc. | Privacy Policy | Terms Of Use