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.

Existing Industry Incentive Program

  • The Cherokee County Development Authority, in coordination with Cherokee County government, provides 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

Freeport Exemption

  • Cherokee County has 100% free port exemption. This means that 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.

Impact Fees

  • The Development Authority works in conjunction with the Impact Fee Appeals Board to recommend an impact fee reduction or waiver for target businesses with extraordinary positive economic impact. Final decisions are made by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.

Industrial Revenue Bond Refinancing

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

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.