Business Climate

Connect to a Pro-business Economic Environment

Businesses that consider Wayne County will find a positive business climate with ready access to all the auxiliary services that industries need: banking, accounting and financial services, warehousing and transportation, construction, technical services, and more. Wayne County is a Georgia-designated Entrepreneur-Friendly Community with proven commitment to assisting businesses both small and large. The Wayne County IDA also strives to support existing industries and their growth in this community.

Many of our existing industries also are of a complementary nature. Wayne County’s largest industrial employer, cellulose products manufacturer Rayonier Advanced Materials, is a major purchaser of raw materials such as locally grown timber. Rayonier's activities support approximately 1 million acres of working forests in Wayne County and across Southeast Georgia. Even so, other industries find Wayne County attractive for its superior logistical advantages and the quality of life available to executives and their employees.

Wayne County businesses operate within a right-to-work state and have low union membership. Additionally, Georgia has been named the top state for doing business eight years in a row by Area Development magazine and the best state climate for business for a record eight years in a row by Site Selection magazine.

Top Manufacturing Employers

Rayonier Advanced Materials

Forest Products

Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc.

Treated Lumber

Healthy Pet

Pet Bedding & Cat Litter

EAM Corporation

Absorbent Cores for Personal Hygiene Products

Sierra International Machinery

Recycling Equipment

Tape It

Distributor of Tape Products, School Supplies and Tools

Employment by Industry


Wayne County is attractive for investors considering expansion. Wages are moderate compared to other areas in Georgia and the nation. In Wayne County, it is possible to lower business costs while offering competitive wages for qualified workers.

  Wayne Co. GA US
Avg. Hourly Wage $21.58 $28.90 $31.38
Avg. Annual Wage $44,876 $60,112 $56,785

Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Q3 2021; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021


Property in Georgia is required to be assessed at 40% of the fair market value unless otherwise specified by law. The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by Wayne County, its municipalities and the Wayne County Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value.

Millage Rates, FY2021
Jesup 5.392
Odum 5.089
Screven 5.018
Wayne County 16.256
Wayne County Schools 17.463
Total (for Jesup Resident) 39.111

Source: Georgia Department of Revenue

Wayne County Sales Tax
Georgia State 4%
Local Option 1%
Special Projects 1%
Education 1%
Transportation 1%
Total 8%