Archway Partnership and Carl Vinson Institute of Government Collaborate to Create Entrepreneur’s Permitting Guide

July 24, 2017

The University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership and Carl Vinson Institute of Government have collaborated on behalf of Habersham County leaders to create a step-by-step guide that will assist entrepreneurs in navigating the process to secure new business permits in the county.

The guide includes both municipal and county permits as well as utility connection information, and application forms for business licenses, sign permits, alcohol licenses, health department approvals, land use requirements, building permits, and parking requirements.

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A Habersham County Archway Partnership work group of 60 community leaders requested the guide after reviewing opportunities and challenges impacting economic development in the community. The online and interactive guide can be found at the following link:

“Habersham County and its municipalities are grateful to the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership and Carl Vinson Institute of Government teams for building the first compilation of permitting forms into one location.  This greatly enhances our efforts to create a one-stop shop for businesses and residents who are developing property and creating local businesses.  We encourage everyone to view the Entrepreneurs Permitting Guide to Local Governments in Habersham County,” Habersham County Manager Phil Sutton said.

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Tim Lee, executive director of the Habersham Partnership for Growth, noted that having the various permits together in an interactive tool “ensures Habersham County and its cities are extremely competitive in economic development initiatives. The Habersham Partnership for Growth public/private economic development team is grateful to the many people that worked so hard to bring this important project to life.”

The Habersham County Archway Partnership was formed in 2012 and identified economic development as its primary strategic initiative. The partnership includes the Habersham County Board of Commissioners, Habersham Chamber of Commerce, Habersham Medical Center, Habersham County Development Authority, Habersham County Board of Education, North Georgia Technical College, Piedmont College, Town of Alto, City of Baldwin, City of Clarkesville, City of Cornelia, City of Demorest, Town of Mount Airy and Town of Tallulah Falls.

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