Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and closures can be found here: page also contains links to state and national resources and information regarding the pandemic.

The May 26, 9 a.m. Forsyth County Finance Committee meeting will be held via teleconference, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g).  The meeting will be live streamed on the County’s YouTube channel:

Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development’s mission is to encourage new business development, redevelopment and retention of existing businesses in an effort to improve the economic vitality of the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County. 

The County is especially interested in attracting businesses in the following Target Industries, as identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners: 

  • Data Services
  • E-Commerce/Distribution
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Technology and R&D
  • Professional Services and Headquarters
  • Healthcare 

As part of this effort, the County offers certain economic development incentives, including:

  • Fee credits to be paid toward fees for plan reviews, development permits and inspections
  • Fee credits to be paid toward application fees for land use approvals
  • Total or partial waiver of impact fees
  • Acceleration of the plan review process
  • Acceleration of public hearing dates
  • Construction of certain infrastructure
  • Tax abatements 

To see if your business is eligible for an incentive, please view the Schedule of Criteria

Q: How do I use the Schedule of Criteria? 

A: First, look for your business’ NAICS code in the left-hand column. Next, check to see if your potential project satisfies at least 2 of the 3 criteria in the green columns.

*All incentive offers are subject to approval by the Economic Development Director or County Manager and all incentive agreements are subject to ratification by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. 

The Forsyth County Department of Economic Development works closely with the Development Authority of Forsyth County and the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: