Cost of Doing Business

Ranked Nationally for Sucess

The Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC MSA has been ranked #85 in the nation by Forbes Magazine for Cost of Doing Business, and #161 on Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers.

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The Augusta Region’s Advantages


  • Tier One Job Tax Credits of $3,500 each year per new job created for five years
  • Low state corporate tax rate – flat 6%
  • Low state and local tax burden, below the national average
  • Low-cost utilities
  • Low union representation in manufacturing – only 2.7% state-wide
  • Competitive wage rates
  • Low real estate costs

Utilities

From electricity, to natural gas, to clean water and sewer, to extensive (and overlapping) fiber capacity, the Augusta region’s utility providers have developed systems with plenty of capacity to accommodate the most demanding industries. Additionally, many of our business parks and certified Shovel-Ready sites have been built with infrastructure that includes water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and a strong fiber network.

Electric

Georgia Power - Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.35 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Natural Gas

Atlanta Gas Light - Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.6 million customers in Georgia. Most industrial supply lines in the Augusta region are 4”.

Sewer

Augusta Utilities – Augusta Utilities provides water and wastewater service in Augusta and Richmond County. Sewer lines serving industrial sites are up to 20”, with capacity of 42 million GPD.

Water

Augusta Utilities - Augusta Utilities provides water and wastewater service in Augusta and Richmond County. Water lines serving industrial sites are up to 20”, with capacity of 38 million GPD.

Fiber/Broadband

Multiple Providers – The Augusta region has multiple providers offering high-speed Internet (DSL, cable, and fiber) and wireless connectivity.