Job Creation Incentives

The City of Savannah offers local incentives for qualified businesses meeting certain thresholds for local investment and job creation. Incentives may apply to certain geographic areas throughout the city that have been targeted for growth and investment.

For more information on incentives that may be available to support your project, please contact the Office of Business Opportunity.

  1. Enterprise Zones
  2. Opportunity Zone
  3. Military Zone

Enterprise Zone 

In 1997, the Georgia General Assembly enacted the Enterprise Zone Employment Act recognizing the need for revitalization in many areas of Georgia. The State Enterprise Zone program intents to promote reinvestment along distressed business corridors by incentivizing property tax abatement and certain fee waivers. Property tax abatement is graduated over a 10 year period for business investments that are located within an Enterprise Zone and meet one of the following requirements:

Job Creation Incentive - Create and maintain five new full-time equivalent jobs for the duration of the ten year graduated tax abatement period. 

Land Improvement Incentive - Invest in new residential construction or rehabilitation or other rehabilitation of an existing structure such that the value of the improvements exceeds the value of the land by a ratio of five to one according to the Chatham County Tax Assessors valuation.

For more information about the City's Enterprise Zones, view our brochure online.  Click here for the Enterprise Zone Application