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Wilkes County, Georgia

Located 95 miles east of Atlanta between Athens and Augusta.

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Manufacturers in Wilkes County
 Available Industrial Buildings
International Companies
Wilkes County Information - Georgia.gov
Community Affairs - Wilkes Snapshot (PDF)
Wilkes County Labor Profiles (PDF)


  Population
Latest data available  
YearCountyGA (millions)U.S. (millions)
201110,2119.8311
201010,4909.7309
200910,2689.8307

  Per Capita Income
YearCountyGAU.S.
2011$28,866$35,979$41,560
2010$27,316$34,531$39,791
2009$27,064$33,887$38,637

  Education
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: 4 county public schools with teachers, students in 2011; 1 private school with students in 2013.
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Technical College: Athens Technical College at Athens (42 miles) with 7,481 students; Augusta Technical College at Waynesboro (55 miles) with 623 students.

4-yr: East Georgia State College at Swainsboro (80 miles) with 2,944 students; Georgia Regents University at Augusta (55 miles) with 9,557 students; Paine College at Augusta (55 miles) with 880 students; Medical College of GA at Augusta (55 miles) with 2,001 students; University of Georgia at Athens (42 miles) with 34,518 students.
OTHER FACILITIES: Wilkes-Lincoln Training Center for emotionally and physically handicapped children. Wilkes County Head Start.

  Local Taxes
PROPERTY: Property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios which vary by location and state. A realistic method to compare property taxes from different locations is to use the ‘effective tax rate’. 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, equipment and inventory. Certain property is exempt from local property tax.
Effective Rates:
City   Year   Within City   Outside City
Washington   2009   $14.48   $10.55
SALES: City and county have 4% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.

  Incentives/Exemptions
INVENTORY (Freeport): Freeport is the general term used for the exemption of ad valorem tax on inventories as defined by Georgia law. The law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption on three classes of property.
Washington and Wilkes County exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 1, Amount: $4,000 as of 2013
Tier refers to the economic well-being of a county. For more information go to http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/TaxCredits/programs/taxcredit.asp

JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: Yes

  Municipal Services
FIRE PROTECTION: 1 fire station. 7 paid fire personnel. 28 volunteers. 8 volunteer stations located throughout county. Protection inside city limits and in certain industrial areas in county. Fire insurance classification 4.
ZONING: City has zoning ordinance and subdivision design standards.

  Transportation
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT: Athens Airport (42 miles) service by US Airways Express; Atlanta Airport (109 miles) service by Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran, America West, American, ASA, British Airways, Continental, Comair, Corporate, Delta, Frontier, Hooters, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Midwest, Northwest, South African, United, US Airways. Home of Phoenix Air Group, an international light jet transport service; Augusta Airport (56 miles) service by ASA, CO Express, US Airways Express.

GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT: Athens Airport (42 miles) with a 5,500 feet bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, airframe & power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, VORTAC on field; Atlanta Airport (109 miles) with a 11,889 feet Bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, airframe & power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, VOR, ILS, NDB, 24-hour manned control tower; Augusta Airport (56 miles) with a 8,000 feet bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, airframe & power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, VOR, NDB, ILS; Washington Airport (local) with a 4,000 feet bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, lighted runway.
WATER:
Navigable River: Savannah River (9 foot channel depth) with public barge dock at Savannah (169 miles).
Seaport: Savannah Seaport (169 miles) with maintained channel depth of 42 feet.

  Utilities
ELECTRICITY: A part of Georgia's modern integrated electrical transmission system, Wilkes County has excellent ability to supply industrial demands. Compared to 47% for the U.S., coal accounts for 84% of fuel used by the state's power generating plants. This assures long-term continuity.
Suppliers: City of Washington, Georgia Power Co., Rayle Electric Membership Corporation. If demand exceeds 900kw, any supplier can step in and offer service.
NATURAL GAS: Supplied by Atlanta Gas Light Company and available in industrial quantities on both a firm and an interruptible basis.
WATER: Plant capacity: 4,000,000 gal/day. Consumption: 2,500,000 gal/day average. Elevated and ground storage capacity: 1,760,000 gal. Lake storage capacity: 140,000,000 gal. in two small lakes and unlimited in larger lake. Source: Little Beaverdam Creek, Big Beaverdam Creek, Clark Hill Reservoir.
SEWER: Plant Capacity: 4,000,000 gal/day; Plant Load: 2,000,000 gal/day; Complete secondary treatment provided by aeration ponds.


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