Reasons to Connect in Wayne

A thriving downtown and a strong business community led by key industries and manufacturers keep Wayne County, Georgia’s economy moving. At the heart of our success is collaboration between businesses, community leaders and civic organizations to ensure our community is dynamic and ever changing to meet our citizens’ needs.

Everything from fast-track permitting, aggressive financing methods, business advocacy and creative problem solving are available to the right project. Wayne County is dedicated to your success. And, if it's not available, just ask. You won't find a team more dedicated to serving your interests.

Local Incentives

  • Single point of contact
  • Loan assistance and other incentives
  • Fast track permitting
  • Infrastructure assistance
  • State-designated "Entrepreneur Friendly" community
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds for land, building, and equipment acquisition for new and expanding manufacturing plants:
  • - Issued through the Wayne County Industrial Development Authority
  • - Both taxable and tax-exempt financing is available
  • - Competitive, below-prime interest rates
  • 100% Freeport exemption from ad valorem taxes for inventories of finished products held by original manufacturers but destined for out-of-state shipment

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is approximately 58 miles from Wayne County. SAV owns and operates Savannah Foreign Trade Zone 104. This is a specially designated area that encourages international trade by waiving customs duties and taxes on international and domestic merchandise. The Wayne County Industrial Development Authority can assist businesses that desire to make use of FTZ 104.

State Incentives

Job Tax Credits

$3,500 per job each year for 5 years, minimum 2 qualifying jobs. (Wayne County is a Tier 1 county). Since Wayne County is a member of the Southeast Georgia Alliance, a regional joint development authority, a $500 bonus credit per job would apply, making the credit $4,000 per qualifying job.

Port Job Tax Credits

$1,250 per job bonus added to the job tax credit for businesses with large increases in shipments out of a Georgia port.

Investment Tax Credit

3%-5% of qualified capital investment; companies must choose either the investment tax credit or the job tax credit.

Childcare Tax Credit

Up to 75% of the employer’s direct cost of providing or sponsoring childcare for employees, or 100% of the cost of purchasing or constructing a qualified childcare property for employees.

Manufacturing Machinery and Computer Sales Tax Exemptions

Sales and use tax exemptions on qualified tangible personal property under certain specified conditions.

Georgia Quick Start Training

Customized, world-class training for new and expanding industries and businesses, at no cost to qualifying businesses.

Low Corporate Tax

Georgia’s low corporate tax rate is 5.75% . The single factor apportionment formula applies the corporate tax rate only to gross receipts or sales in Georgia, significantly reducing the tax rate of Wayne County companies with substantial sales to customers outside of Georgia.

Training Assistance

Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) offers:
  • - Labor Market Information
  • - Onsite Business Centers
  • - Recruitment and Staffing
  • - Assistance with Tax Credits and Employment-related Laws
  • - A variety of other programs
Georgia's Quick Start Program, the internationally recognized customized workforce training program, is a state incentive at no cost to qualified companies.
Coastal Pines Technical College is the provider in Wayne County of Georgia's acclaimed Quick Start program as well as being a resource for area employers for hiring graduates who meet labor area requirements.