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Economic Development
150 Hudson Ridge,
Suite 4
Homer, Georgia 30547

(706) 677-6825

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Casey Turner
Administrative Clerk

Hannah Mullins
Economic Developer

Banks County is strategically located between Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. At the intersection of Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 441, Banks County's location is ideal for your company.  This is the hottest corridor in the United States. The Banks Crossing/Commerce Exit 149 hosts our hospitaliy sector and our manufacturing sector.  Exit 154, Martins Bridge Road, is pristine and ready for distribution enterprises. 

Please give me a call at (706) 677-6825 or email me at


Banks County has a strong foundation for the growing economy. All the tools are in place for businesses to grow with us.
  • Educated workforce
  • Ideal location in the Southeastern United States
  • Lowest Taxes on Interstate 85
  • Award-winning schools
  • Area colleges and technical schools
  • Wonderful recreational amenities

Banks County Industrial Properties

 Banks Crossing Industrial Park

 Banks Crossing Industrial Park Layout

 Hudson River Business Park

Development Authority of Banks County

The Development Authority holds regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00pm in the  Wilson Shoals Training Room of the Banks County Courthouse Annex.  If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact the Erin Decker at 706-677-6800.

Recent Success 

DIANA FOOD - Food and ingredient manufacturer Diana Food recently announced plans for the construction of a $50 million facility in Banks County, Ga. The food processing, manufacturing, research and development plant is expected to accommodate more than 80 new jobs which will be added by Diana Food and parent company Symrise Group.

The roughly 90,000-square-foot property will be located within the Banks Crossing Business Park and will encompass office, manufacturing and warehouse space on approximately 40 acres. The plant’s main function will be meat processing. Diana Food mass-produces a wide range of clean ingredients with a guarantee of product quality, traceability and food safety. The company currently has nine production plants, 11 sales offices and seven research and development facilities.

“Banks County, Georgia is the best partner for our new manufacturing Plant and Research and Development facility in North America. Setting up a new facility in the US is a key milestone in our company development allowing us to stay always closer to our customers, access to a high quality of local and sustainable sourcing while committing in a long term perspective to the regional economy,” Yannick Riou, president of Diana Food, said in a prepared statement.

“Georgia offers the transportation network required for growing companies and a workforce second to none. I am confident this strategic Banks County location will provide significant benefits for Diana Food as the company continues its growth in the southeast,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in prepared remarks.

As everyone knows, with proper infrastructure businesses will locate to a community.  Building the frontage road at the Hudson River Business Park was designed in 2013.  Construction began and was completed in 2014.  The frontage road was the key factor in attracting and landing WINCORP International.
Leasing just over 10 acres of fallow county land, Creative Solar is beginning construction on a farm of solar arrays.  This photovoltaic panel will create up to 1 megawatt of solar power on a daily basis when completed.  Over the initial 20 year period, $189,000.00 will come to the Banks County through this project in lease revenue.
With the genuine possibility that the golf course would be closed and a community asset lost,  I individually found a buyer for the golf course and surrounding real estate.   I personally consulted with the buyer on purchase strategies.  I am working with the City of Homer and the Homer Downtown Development Authority in supporting the development.  The company has demonstrated the wherewithal to build out the real estate.  The final build out value of the project is approximately $40 million (approximately additional $312,000 in real property tax annually and personal property taxes projected at an additional $94,364 annually).  This would add approximately $39 million in taxable real property value to the Banks County tax base.  Several jobs were saved in the course of this deal.  The construction jobs that will be created will be substantial considering the long term nature of the development.  No such construction had been a reality under past owners.
Establishing the Opportunity Zone through the designation of the Banks Crossing Redevelopment Area, the creation and local adoption of the Banks Crossing Redevelopment Plan, and the amending the Future Land Use Map was a key two year preparation in recruiting, assisting through the regulatory process, and coordinating a job fair for this company.  The company will initially employ 40 and plans to employ many more as the company expands (from the existing 200,000 sq. ft.) over time to more than 600,000 square feet.
Having worked with the company over a two year period, Lumite is expanding by 100,000 square feet and over $4 million.  This followed a previous year expansion and parking lot expansion.


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