Economic Development

In the Savannah Region traditional development authorities and chambers of commerce are the most visible approach to industrial and tourism development, often using property tax abatement incentives for encouraging investment in real property development sites.

Such incentives are not effective in being talent magnets and incubators which are based on talent rather than real estate; strong ecosystems require cross-linkages between expertise, talent, capital, mentoring, and networks, which usually reside outside these traditional tax subsidized development entities.  In addition, investment in life-style amenities (e.g. bike trail networks, dog friendly ordinances, skills development facilities, fast fiber, and a receptivity to innovation and change) are signals of opportunity to entrepreneurs who are seeking a community where they can prosper and have a good life.fullsizeoutput_1080

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES

Development Authority of Bryan County DABC

Development Authority of Bulloch County DABC

Effingham County Industrial Development Authority ECIDA

Chatham County Economic Development Authority SEDA

Liberty County Development Authority LCDA

World Trade Center Savannah WTC


CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce SBCC

Effingham County Chamber of Commerce SBC

Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce RHBCC

Pooler Chamber of Commerce PCA

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce SAVC


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

Savannah Downtown Business Association DBA

Urban Chamber of Commerce USCC

Tourism Leadership Council TLC


 

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