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Active Filming in Elbert County, GA

Active Filming in Elbert County, GA

Cameras, actors, dancers, and crew, roamed Pyramid Quarry last week as RiTE Media Group filmed a new short film, “Change & Touch,” created by writer/director…

The Elbert Advantage


The Development Authority is in the business of corporate relocation, expansion and retention. While debate goes-on about the cost-effectiveness of incentives, the use of them remains popular. Within Elbert County, we are ready to do business., incentives are only a small part. Try our expertise, people and availability of buildings and land. We treat all businesses equally.

Elbert County Job Tax Credit

Will you be creating at least 10 new jobs?

Each job could be eligible for a credit of $3,000 per job, per year for the first five years.

Each year the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) ranks all Georgia counties based on certain economic factors and divides them into tiers as required by O.C.G.A. 48-7-40(b). The law allows for a statewide job tax credit against Georgia income taxes for any business or headquarters of any such business engaged in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing & distribution
  • Processing
  • Telecommunications
  • Broadcasting
  • Tourism
  • Research & development industries
  • Services for the elderly or persons with disabilities


More about Georgia’s Quality Jobs Tax Credit:

Download the map and credit table

More information and stipulations…

State Quality Jobs Tax Credit

Will you be paying higher-than-average wages (10% higher than the county wage average)?

Will you be creating at least 50 new jobs within the next 12 months?


 Average Wage Requirement
(% Of County Average)

Tax Credit Value Per New Quality Job
(For 5 years)

 ≥110% and <120%


 ≥120% and <150%


 ≥150% and <175%


 ≥175% and <200%


 200% or greater


Download average county wages-Contact

More about Georgia’s Quality Jobs Tax Credit:

  • New quality jobs created within seven years of initial eligibility qualify for the credit
  • Credits may offset a company’s payroll withholding once all other corporate income tax liability has been exhausted
  • Credits may be carried forward for 10 years
  • New jobs that do not qualify for Quality Job Tax Credits may still be eligible for Georgia’s job tax credit if they meet requirements for that credit
  • A Quality Job Tax Credit must be claimed within the earlier of the following time periods: a) one year from the date the original return is filed; or, b) one year from the date the return is due (including any approved extension)
  • Georgia Department of Revenue Form IT-QJ must be filed with the income tax return for the company to claim the Quality Jobs Tax Credit. Download Form IT-QJ
  • Companies that prefer to use the Quality Jobs Tax Credit to offset withholding taxes must file Georgia Department of Revenue Form IT-WH 30 days prior to filing the income tax return.

More information…

Work Tax Credit

Hiring individuals who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment?  The tax credit can be from $1,200 to $9,600 per qualified employee, depending on the target group. The most frequently certified WOTC is $2,400 for each adult new hire.

Targeted groups include:

  • Veterans
  • Recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
  • Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
  • Residents who live within Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties
  • Recipients of vocational rehabilitation from a qualifying agency
  •  Ex-felons
  • Recipients of Supplemental Security Income benefit
  • Summer youth employee


More Information about the tax credit through the Department of Labor

Opportunity Zone-City of Elberton

An Opportunity Zone is a Job Tax Credit program open to any business located within defined areas. So far, we have one Opportunity Zone located within the city of Elberton. For each full-time job (minimum of 2 NEW jobs), a tax credit of $3,500 may be applied to your corporate income tax liability (prior to claiming withholding). This designation went into effect in 2013, designated through 2023.


We greatly appreciate qualifying for the Opportunity Zone and consider it one of our greatest incentives. If additional assistance is needed, please contact an Administrator.

Elberton Opportunity Zone Map

Opportunity Zone Certification Form

Link to Forms IT-CA and Form IT-WH on the Department of Revenue Site


GRAD State of Georgia Certified Site-Elberton Industrial Park

GRAD AerialAfter many long hours, certain funding and much vetting, the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman is more than pleased to announce an incredible new partnership with the State of Georgia, through their Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development program (GRAD). The Authority’s application was unanimously approved by the Steering Committee just this week, certifying the Elberton Industrial Park–placing it at the top of a corporation’s  “short list” when looking for a facility location.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is in the process of adding the Park to their interactive GRAD site which will automatically place it in front of developers, corporations and site selectors.

The Elberton Industrial Park is only the 60th site in Georgia to earn GRAD certified status.

“Elbert County met twelve category requirements to obtain this designation, and we are the only GRAD certified site east of Athens,” stated Development Authority Economic Director, Rusty Warner. “Partnering with the State will ensure we have additional marketing efforts and reach out, which will help us complete the build-out of these spectacular sites.”

GRAD designation indicates the Elberton Industrial Park is market-ready and includes several state level tools to market the site, including:

  • Program benefits on the Georgia Department of Economic Development website
  • Highlighted listings on the industrial site databases of major electric utility Web sites
  • Continued presence in the Georgia Allies electronic newsletter targeted to companies and location consultants
  • Site awareness for statewide project managers and Georgia Allies partners

“Much advanced due diligence has already been performed, including Phase I, Geotechnical investigation and wetlands delineation,” said Warner.

Free Site Statistics

Elberton Industrial Park

Mineral Springs Road

Elberton, GA 30635

The Elberton Industrial Park is located near the Elbert County campus of Athens Technical College; three miles from the county seat, Elberton, GA; served with all utilities including electric, water & wastewater, natural gas, Broadband, and telecommunications.

  • Local Commercial Airport: PATZ FIELD AIRPORT, 3 MILES
  • Sewer: CITY OF ELBERTON – 12″ MAIN
  • Electricity: CITY OF ELBERTON
  • Telecommunications: AT&T (phone); ELBERTON UTILITIES (fiber optics)
  • The City of Elberton keeps 500,000 gallons of water in storage on-site for commercial use.
  • Sewage-12″ sewer mains are used in the Park to facilitate large industrial users.
  • Gas-The City of Elberton (through the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia {MGAG} provides natural gas service for the Industrial Park. A 2″ high pressure {300 PSI} line serves the Park’s needs.
  • Electric-Power needs are met by the City of Elberton, Georgia Power, and Hart EMC.

“Acquiring GRAD designation for the Elberton Industrial Park means that it can truly compete on a global stage for new industry and the accompanying jobs,” said Pat Wilson, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner. “I fully believe that the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman’s efforts to attain GRAD status for the Park will be beneficial.”

The Industrial Park is an integral component of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman, perfectly suited for manufacturing or distribution. Already containing a small cluster of international and local businesses, the Park is one of the most recognized in the area.

Film Incentives

Elbert County has received its Camera Ready designation from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. What this means to you is that we are trained to work with production companies to provide one-on-one local assistance. In addition, we know the perfect location for your shoot, and can provide help and insight when it comes to film permits, lodging, etc.

Television and film companies may receive a tax credit of up to 30% of money spent on production and post-production. Minimum spending is $500,000.

Through the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, Georgia provides a 20% tax credit, with the State providing the other 10%. Little or no tax liability for your company? Transfer your tax credits.


According to Broderick Johnson, producer of The Blind Side, through the Georgia Department of Economic Development, “…Georgia’s tax break is one of the best, if not the best in the country.”

For more information about the credit and forms

Read all about us and find your contact!


Retraining workers to use new equipment or new technology?

Businesses can receive a tax credit of 50 percent of their direct training expenses, with up to $500 credit per full-time employee, per training program. The annual maximum of the credit amounts to $1,250 per employee.

Workforce Training

Georgia Quick Start Program

Here at the Elbert County Campus of Athens Technical College

Retraining tax credits can be used to offset up to 50 percent of a company’s Georgia corporate income tax liability. If the earned credit exceeds that limit, then the unused credit can be carried forward for up to 10 years and applied to future years’ tax liability.

Read about, then contact the QuickStart administrators.

Eligible expenses include:

  • – costs of instructors and teaching materials
  • – employee wages during retraining
  • – reasonable travel expenses


Any business that files a Georgia income tax return is eligible for the retraining tax credit. To qualify, training programs must be designed to enhance quality and productivity or teach certain software technologies. To qualify for the credit, retraining expenses must be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia.

Additional questions contact Pam Griffin, Director of Organizational Development with Georgia Quick Start, via email or 1+404-253-2871.



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