Cherokee County provides local incentives for projects with extraordinary positive economic impact on the community. Qualifying projects that provide substantial job creation and capital investment may be eligible for incentives.

Freeport Exemption

  • Cherokee County has 100% free port exemption. This means that the industries will not be charged inventory tax on raw materials and goods in process, finished goods held by the original manufacturer, and finished goods held by distributors, wholesalers, and manufacturers destined for out-of-state shipment.

Industrial Revenue Bond Refinancing

  • Industrial Revenue Bond financing is available through the Development Authority and could provide substantial savings to the prospective company.

Tax Incentives

  • The Development Authority considers new business tax incentives on a case-by-case basis. These incentives are based on positive economic impact on the community criteria for consideration includes the project’s amount of capital investment as well as number and quality of new jobs created.

Impact Fees

  • The Development Authority works in conjunction with the Impact Fee Appeals Board to recommend reduction or waiver of impact fees for target businesses with extraordinary positive economic impact. Final decisions are made by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.
  • The State of Georgia offers a range of incentives for new and existing industries.

Existing Industry Incentive Program

  • The Cherokee County Development Authority, in coordination with Cherokee County government, provide a tax incentive program for qualified industries located in Cherokee County. The purpose of this program is to encourage and support local industrial expansion. For more information, please contact