Business Climate

Local & State Business Climate, Existing Industry Support, Cost of Doing Business: Local Taxes, and Utility Providers

Business Climate & Cost in Jeff Davis Co.

Site Selection Magazine Georgia Business ClimateIn the City of Hazlehurst, there’s a concentration of manufacturers and throughout Jeff Davis County, there’s several others, particularly in the Forestry Industry.

This community has long been a hot spot for advanced manufacturing.  The fabric of our community is built around the strong relationship that exists with our existing industries.  As a result, you’ll find a strong and favorable business climate and a low cost of doing business anywhere in Jeff Davis County, GA.

No. 1 State in the U.S. for Business Climate

Georgia is also well known for having one of the best business climates in the Nation.  In fact, Site Selection Magazine has named Georgia the “Number One State for Doing Business” four years in a row!  

From Site Selection Magazine: “It’s hard enough to maintain a first-place finish in Site Selection’s annual ranking of state business climates three years in a row. Georgia did that last year. This year (2016), Georgia extends that winning streak with a fourth consecutive top billing.”

See why Georgia consistently ranks No. 1 for Business Climate >>

Existing Industry Support: HR of Jeff Davis Committee

The HR of Jeff Davis Committee is an informal committee of the local industries that meet approximately every quarter to discuss current employment trends and issues. This is also an opportunity for them to share success stories in current hiring practices.

Coastal Pines Technical College and the local school system are also a partner in this committee, and have been available to assist in establishing improved workforce efforts through the apprenticeship program, and the dual enrollment program at Jeff Davis High School.

Cost of Doing Business: Local Taxes


Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST)

In the State of Georgia, communities can decide on a local level if they would like to collect an additional 1% in sales tax, which brings the total sales tax to 7% from 6%.  The additional sales tax can be used for special purposes that benefit the community.  

Jeff Davis County currently does collect SPLOST dollars. This money is used for capital improvements, land acquisition, equipment, and infrastructure support. The JDA receives 8% of SPLOST.

Local Tax Exemptions
100% Freeport Tax Exemption
Property Tax Rates

Property taxes in Jeff Davis County are:

  • City millage: 7
  • County: 15.38
  • School: 13
  • Total millage = 35.38

Property Tax Calulation Method:  Current value x .4 x .03538 = tax bill

Utility Providers

  • Electric: Satilla EMC
  • Electric: Georgia Power
  • Water & Sewer: City of Hazlehurst Water Department
  • Gas: Atlanta Gas & Light
  • Data: Mediacom
  • Data: AT&T

Always Moving Forward

Georgia’s business climate is perhaps best illustrated by the incredible transportation network that exists across the State.  

Take a minute and see how the transportation network in Georgia can move your business forward >>

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