Business Resources

Imagine Thomasville offers a number of local and state level resources to support economic growth.

* All incentives are based on credit worthiness, number of jobs created and investment dollars

State Level Resources

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BEST Tax Credit

Businesses creating 10 or more jobs in Thomas County may be eligible for a job tax credit of $3,000.00 per employee. The credit begins in the second year of operation and continues for five years. The total tax cannot exceed 50% of the manufactures state corporate tax liability. However, any unused tax credit can be carried forward for ten years. Furthermore, unused tax credits can be used to offset wage withholdings. These must be full time jobs to the state of Georgia and health insurance benefits must be offered to the full time employees (but not necessarily paid for by the employers).

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Centers of Innovation

Governor Nathan Deal announced our state Centers of Innovation assisted 4,000 Georgia companies this fiscal year. The six individual centers delivered expertise and research to the aerospace, agribusiness, energy technology, information technology, logistics and manufacturing industries.

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Georgia Chamber


The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, launched the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan, a new comprehensive health program that offers rate stability and potential savings for groups with 2 to 50 eligible employees.

Property Tax Discount

  • Based on the number of jobs created, capital investment and through negotiation, the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority (PDA) can provide a graduated property tax discount / abatement. Title to the property in question must be retained by the PDA. This can be accomplished through a lease agreement. The Board of Assessors will value all leasehold interests at the actual PDA project value, and those values will appear on the taxable digest. The following is the graduated schedule:
    • 0% - Year 1 0% - Year 2 10% - Year 3 20% - Year 4 30% - Year 5
      44% - Year 6 58%- Year 7 72% - Year 8 86% - Year 9 100% - Year 10

Bond Financing

  • Based on the credit worthiness of the prospect, the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority has the legal power to issue tax exempt bonds for the financing of capital improvements such as land, buildings and manufacturing equipment. For qualified projects, this can provide low interest financing.

Availability of Loan Programs

  • The state of Georgia and the US Federal government (EIP) offers many low interest loan programs geared towards job creation. Funds may be applied for through the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority for capital improvements such as land, buildings, manufacturing equipment and infrastructure needs.

Land Donation or Discount

  • Based on the number of jobs created and capital investment, the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority can discount the price of land or donate land in the Red Hills Business Park. Lots range from 4 to 90 acres and will be equipped with all necessary infrastructure.

Other Possible Incentives

  • Site Improvements
    Build to Suit / Lease Back ArrangementPreliminary Office Space
    Reduced Utility Pricing
    Reduced Permitting Fees