Whether you’re a native or a newcomer, it doesn’t take long to realize that Wayne County is a great place to live, work and play. In fact, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has designated Jesup and Wayne County as a “Signature Community” in recognition for our proven track record of success in improving the quality of life in our community.
Our own abundance of natural resources and being minutes away from Georgia’s Golden Isles attracts many visitors for a day, a week or even a lifetime.
Our education system is strong. Our community recently voted overwhelmingly to pass our second Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) to support our educational needs.
The business community is bustling. Our recent designation as an “Entrepreneur Friendly Community” by the Georgia Department of Economic Development will enhance opportunities for small business. Our Chamber of Commerce is growing and adding many new programs and services to promote and enhance business growth.
Economic Development is a priority. A new strategic planning effort is underway for continued economic development in the future which will include expansion of our industrial park. Workforce development is also a key priority. Supporting our efforts is Altamaha Technical College providing the training and development essential to supply a skilled workforce.
Geographically located in the heart of SE Georgia, Wayne County is uniquely situated for industry looking to expand or relocate. Two major four-lane highways (Hwy. 341 and Hwy. 301) run through the heart of Jesup and provide easy access to I-95 (approx. 40 miles), the deep water ports of Savannah (approx. 70 miles) and Jacksonville (approx. 90 miles), as well as, the port at Brunswick (approx. 40 miles). In addition, two railroads (CSX and Norfolk Southern) provide service to Wayne County.
As you consider Wayne County sites for your business, you’ll want to know more about our area’s
demographics, incentives and taxes, workforce and employers, educational opportunities, transportation options, and available sites and buildings. After exploring this site, please contact us for more details and assistance with establishing or growing your business in Wayne County.
Wayne County Demographics
Wayne County grew more than nine percent from 2001 through 2006, and the growth continues. The county saw more than 250 new residential permits in the unincorporated areas of the county during 2007. In 2008, the county approved seven new subdivision developments with a total new home lot count of more than 320.
Wayne County’s overall cost of living is 80.67,
compared to a U.S. average of 100. Compared to the rest of the country, Wayne County's cost of living is 19.33% lower than the U.S. average. The median home value in Wayne County is $74,300.
Wayne County Taxes and Incentives
PROPERTY TAXES: Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure – the annual tax for each $1,000 of property at its fair market value. This rate applies to all property: land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and inventory.
SALES TAXES: City and county have 2% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.
INVENTORY (Freeport): Wayne County and Jesup exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 1, Amount: $3,500 as of 2009