As SCDA continues to bring businesses and industries to our community, we would  also like to remember the existing industries of Stephens County.  Applegate Insulation started as a heating and cooling equipment contractor in 1952. The small company became Applegate Insulation Manufacturing in 1978, delivering cellulose insulation to homeowners, insulation professionals, builders and architects worldwide. Applegate uses a Cellulose Insulation as one of their insulations, which meets and often exceeds tough fire standards providing increased safety and peace of mind. This insulation has a higher density R-value and a superior application method than other insulations. Applegate Insulation provides great energy savings and significantly decreases air infiltration. Above all, this insulation is made of up to 85% American recycled materials making it one of the greenest insulation. Their headquarters are located in Webberville, Michigan. Applegate has seven plants located in Michigan and others in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Eastanollee, Georgia. The company invested $4 million to the Stephens County facility located in the Meadowbrook Industrial Park.  SCDA would like to thank Applegate for their facility that currently employs fifteen workers. They have expansion plans, however not in the near future. In the meantime, they are considering a new product line since they do occupy all of the present building. Our hope is that Applegate will have the opportunity to expand and become more successful in Toccoa/Stephens County.
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New PDFs Added to Webpage!

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SCH Purchases a New CT Scanner!

Stephens County Hospital has purchased a new CT scanner.  The hospital made the purchase at Monday’s monthly authority meeting, according to Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell.  For more on this story visit WNEG at

The City Commission Finalizes Fiscal Year 2013!

The Toccoa City Commission finalizes its proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget.  City Commissioners wrapped up work sessions on the budget Wednesday morning in downtown Toccoa.  The total budget is nearly $26.78 million in the total operating fund budget and includes a 1.19 mill reduction in the millage rate, the elimination of the extra millage charged to Main Street properties, a nine percent sewer rate increase, and a $1 a month increase in the base gas rate.   For more on this story visit WNEG at

Multi-County Broadband Loop

The Stephens County Development Authority announces that bids for the multi-county broadband loop are beginning to be studied. For more information, visit WNEG online at


The Mission of Stephens County Government is to provide mandated and non-mandated services to our citizens in an effective, efficient, and responsive manner while maintaining fiscal integrity. The basis of providing these services shall include the safety and well-being of the public, the protection and improvement of our natural resources, heritage, and culture, and fostering the expansion of economic opportunities.

T-SPLOST Forum to be Held at Currahee Campus.

The second of two forums on the Transportation Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax, or T-SPLOST, proposal set for Thursday at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College in Stephens County.  For more information on Thursday’s forum, call the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce at 706-886-2132