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Economic Development
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tracts of land, and the location of effective transportation. The combination of these factors resulted in multiple settlements throughout the county. As the county’s economy
began to expand into the manufacturing sector, however, residents gradually migrated toward the incorporated communities of Homerville, Dupont, Argyle, and Fargo, all of
which were located along one of two railway corridors that bisected the county. Once again, as the area’s economy is undergoing a transition away from agriculture and
forestry, Clinch County’s elected officials and community leaders are now more than ever committed to fostering the new and exciting opportunities that are in store for the
Manufacturing, Retail, and Service Industries

During a 20-year period from 1980-2000, manufacturing was the largest industry in Clinch County. In 1980, 44.8% of the county’s total laborers worked in the manufacturing
industry. Starting in the 1990s, however, the number of total laborers working in the manufacturing industry began to decline, and in 2000 only 25.1% percent of all laborers in
the county worked in manufacturing. At the same time, however, the percentage of laborers in retail trade and service industries began to increase. Projected figures for the
years 2015 and 2020 show a continued decline in manufacturing laborers, but employment in retail trade will continue to increase.

Agribusiness Industries

At this time, Clinch County is one of the state’s leading blueberry producers per acre with an estimated 4000 acres dedicated to berry harvest. Furthermore, thanks to one of
the largest producers of blueberries in the state recently opening a 30,000 square foot processing facility in the county, that acreage is expected to substantially increase.  
Another leading agribusiness for Clinch County is bee keeping and honey production. According to the National Honey Board, the  County has an estimated 30-40 active
beekeepers and over 30,000 hives.

Average Weekly Wage

Clinch County has recently seen an above average increase in the average weekly wage when compared to the whole of the state. Currently, laborers working in the
professional, scientific/tech sector received the highest weekly wage in Clinch County while health care and social services personnel were the second highest paid employees
in Clinch County. Because projected figures show that the manufacturing industry in the area will gradually be replaced by retail and service orientated jobs, local officials have
been actively encouraging further development of jobs in those areas. Further development in these areas is expected to increase the average annual wage throughout the
county.

Economic Opportunities

At this time, The Clinch County Development Authority owns and operates two industrial parks. One of the existing industrial parks has water and sewer provided by the City
of Homerville.

Availible Industrial Properties

In addition, the County offers special incentives to incoming industries, including:

· Active pursuit of any grants and loans for which the project is qualified.

· Free port exemption

· Job tax credits—Clinch County is designated as a Tier 1 County and part of a joint authority, the company is entitled to a tax credit of $4,000 on their corporate tax return for
each new full time job created.

· Free job training—Quick Start is free training for new and expanding companies in Georgia.

· Clinch County is also a proud supporter of the
Georgia Work Ready Program