Sumter Chamber

Resources and Incentives

2017 Industry Awards

The Sumter County PDA is excited to announce the inaugural Industry Awards.  In appreciation of business and industry in Sumter County, the awards will honor those who excel at exporting, innovation, sustainability, and community partnerships.  Nominate your company today!  The deadline for applications is April 19, 2017.



Businesses, developers, and corporate projects enjoy an attractive and supportive environment to locate and expand their endeavors in Sumter County.  Focused on partnering with business and industry, the Development Authority provides access to resources and incentives for enhancement.

Sumter County Community Resources

Economic Development Data Resources

Sumter County Incentives

The Sumter County Payroll Development Authority offers various local incentives to create an environment that is conducive to growth for businesses and the community.

The Authority provides Financing, Land Management, Marketing, Industrial Parks with Full Service Utilities, and Infrastructure Development to qualified companies looking to establish new operations, expand or relocate.  Additionally, the Authority develops properties, initiates marketing programs and provides financing packages for qualified companies in the form of loans or grants. If you have an interest, we are ready to discuss economic development opportunities in Sumter County!

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Sumter County Economic Development Incentives

  • Close proximity to major southeastern markets with efficient by-pass routings for trucks connecting with US 19 and GA Route 49 to nearby interstate connections.
  • Two fully developed industrial parks equipped with maximum allocation for electric, natural gas, water and sewer capacity; excellent rail service provided as well.
  • Spec building available to be tailored to the needs of a business looking to locate or expand.
  • Industrial & commercial property for warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, and contact center needs.
  • Both taxable and non-taxable revenue bonds for qualified applicants.
  • Revolving loan funds through the Joint Development Authority, River Valley Regional Commission and City of Americus.
  • Efficient, full air service at Jimmy Carter Regional Airport for corporate aircraft (6,021 foot runway with asphalt and lighting).
  • Acclaimed “Quick Start” workforce training for new or expanding industry is provided by South Georgia Technical College.  The John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center offers splendid facilities for business seminars, workshops and community events.  The college boasts a 99% job placement record and is one of the few institutions of its kind to offer on-campus housing.

Sumter County Economic Development Tax Incentives

  • As a “tier-one” State of Georgia designated county, Sumter County businesses are eligible for state job tax credits of up to $4,000 for jobs created. See Program Link:
  • Both the City of Americus and Sumter County offer Freeport Inventory Tax Exemptions at 100% on the following classes of personal property:
    • Manufacturer’s raw materials and goods-in-process inventory;
    • Manufacturer’s finished goods produced in Georgia within the last 12 months and held by the original manufacturer; and
    • Warehouse, distribution, or manufacturing firms with finished goods determined to be shipped outside of Georgia.
  • Sumter County provides tax credits for energy used in processing and manufacturing.  The credits are being phased in over a four your period at 25% per year, and will be 100% exempt in 2016.

State of Georgia Incentives

The State of Georgia offers a wide array of incentives to support private sector growth in the state.  Frequently named the “Top State for Doing Business,” state incentives and resources are partnered with local communities to development the perfect partnerships for growth.  Sumter County is designated a State of Georgia “Tier-One” County, which is a state job tax credit allowing for up to $4,000 in tax credits for jobs created in various sectors.  The Development Authority is ready to assist you in securing State of Georgia resources and incentives.  Please see the Leaders and Partners tab for additional information.

Chamber Publications and Resources

View the Sumter County Welcome Magazine and as well as other community and business resources available for download.

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