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Development Authority

The Development Authority of Peach County (DAPC) is the primary point of contact for economic development projects in Byron, Fort Valley and Peach County. The authority is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses in the areas of industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters, customer service centers, and assistance with other major economic development projects.

While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. The Development Authority of Peach County is committed to helping ensure the continued success of existing Peach County industries. About 80 percent of new jobs come as a result of existing industry expansion.

As one of Georgia’s Entrepreneur Friendly counties, Peach County is designated by the Georgia Department of Economic Development as a community offering best practices in business development. Whether you are exploring a new site for manufacturing, distribution, headquarters or customer service, or looking to expand a business that’s already here, we are at your service and eager to please by providing:  

  • Information about and assistance in locating available sites
  • Data on available buildings
  • Local, county and state incentives
  • Infrastructure assistance
  • Demographic profiles
  • Access to general contractors
  • Wage and salary surveys
  • Quick Start workforce training
  • Work Ready labor pools
  • Relocation assistance

Ideal Business Environment

Peach County has established itself as an industry-friendly community with its successful agricultural, manufacturing, service and distribution businesses. New employers can easily gain access to Peach County's low cost, reliable utilities, existing transportation, well-educated and skilled labor force, comprehensive job training and its prime location near the geographical center of the state. Peach County is an ideal place for business.

Transportation

Interstate 75 traverses northern Peach County with exits in Byron and on State Hwy. 96. A modern four lane Ga. Hwy. 49 connects the county seat of Fort Valley with the interstate in Byron. Additionally, U.S. Hwy. 341 is a major north-south thoroughfare, also connecting Fort Valley to the interstate. The South Peach Industrial Park is just minutes from I-75. The Middle Georgia Regional Airport is less than 25 miles away and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is about an hour north of Peach County. State Route 96 also serves Peach County and connects the county directly to I-75 and I-16 which leads to the deep ports of Savannah.

Utilities

Peach County is serviced by the Fort Valley Utility Commission, the City of Byron, Georgia Power Company and Flint Energies for all electricity needs. Fort Valley owns its natural gas distribution system and purchases gas wholesale from Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia. A capacity of 9 million gallons of water is found at all water treatment plants, meaning there is plenty of water available to new customers.

Labor Force and Training

Peach County's diverse population includes well-educated individuals who are ready to contribute to the development and success of the area's business and industrial enterprises. In conjunction with Central Georgia Technical College, Peach County offers a Quick Start training which trains employees to be more productive, saving time and expense. Additionally, construction is complete on the new Work Force Development Center located in the middle of our South Peach Industrial Park here in Peach County, Georgia! This new facility is a central hub for a variety of programs to include the special CDL Drivers training courses offered by Central Georgia Technical College along with other study options. This location also houses the offices of the Development Authority of Peach County. We are excited to be a part of this asset to the community.

Available Sites and Buildings

You simply won’t find a more pro-business climate in America, and that includes our offices at the Development Authority of Peach County in Fort Valley, Georgia. It’s our mission to help companies large and small achieve their goals. Need contacts at local or state government or economic development agencies? Call us. Looking for a great rail-served spec building with 80,000+ sq. ft. expandable to 250,000 sq. ft? We’ve got it and a lot more. It’s right here in Peach County. Please explore the buildings and sites on our official website and give us a call today to find out how we can help grow your business … sweeter!