ELK Group International to open new distribution center in Rabun Gap

ATLANTA—January 11—The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that ELK Group International (ELK), a premiere designer and importer of indoor and outdoor, residential and commercial lighting fixtures and home decor, will create approximately 100 jobs in a new Rabun Gap distribution point. This will be ELK’s eighth U.S. location, and second in Georgia, giving the company more than 2.2 million square-feet of combined warehouse space. “Georgia is proud to welcome this second ELK Group facility to our state. I have had the honor of meeting the company’s leadership … [Read more...]

Innovation Gateway spurs $128M economic impact

The Clayton Tribune June 15, 2017 By Tommy Culkin Staff Writer RABUN GAP — In recent years, the University of Georgia’s Innovation Gateway, part of its Office of Research, has had a sizable impact on the state’s economy. On June 5, UGA Director of the Office of Economic Development Sean McMillan spoke to the Development Authority of Rabun County about the projects and impact of Innovation Gateway. The program has helped set UGA apart among other public universities, McMillan said. UGA has ranked among the top five of all American universities for new products reaching the … [Read more...]

Clayton Tribune features article on North Georgia Technical College application for grant for Rabun

The Clayton Tribune February 9, 2017 By Tommy Culkin Staff Writer Carol Jackson, associate vice president for economic development at North Georgia Technical College, spoke to the Development Authority of Rabun County on Monday about a grant the college recently applied for designed to improve the workforce of Rabun and Towns counties. RABUN GAP — North Georgia Technical College has identified Rabun County as a region in need of assistance, so the school has applied for a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help the county grow financially. Carol Jackson, the … [Read more...]

Superintendent: Rabun Schools are models of excellence

The Clayton Tribune January 12, 2017 By Tommy Culkin Staff Writer RABUN GAP — Rabun County’s public schools are models of excellence, as they all exceed the state’s averages in performance and graduation rates. That was the message Rabun County Superintendent Melissa Williams delivered to the Development Authority of Rabun County at its January meeting. Last year, Rabun County High School had a 95 percent graduation rate, which was an improvement over its 90 percent rate the year before. Both years, RCHS far exceeded Georgia’s average of 78.8 percent. Rabun County schools also … [Read more...]

Gap Partners featured in Small Business Spotlight

Gap Partners was featured in the Small Business Spotlight by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, highlighting Gap Partners' corporate values and recent collaboration with the Great Promise Partnership. Read the full story here. pdf version … [Read more...]

Development Authority members complete training

Staff Reports The Clayton Tribune, November 26, 2015 Three Development Authority of Rabun County members recently completed training through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. DARC members Claude Dillard and Jimmy Bleckley, as well as Economic Development Manager Ryan Thornton, underwent the Development Authority training earlier this month. Participants in the daylong basic training course learn about their responsibilities as members of development authority boards and the role that development authorities serve in the local economic development process. … [Read more...]

Rabun County Graduates from The Georgia Academy for Economic Development

November 21, 2015 The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Rabun County graduates from the 2015 Region 2 Multi-Day Training Program.  Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 13 counties in Region 2 Georgia.  The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state … [Read more...]

Major Display, Inc. Forges Alliance with Rabun Business Park

Rabun County, GA, July 21, 2015 — Major Display, Inc. is excited to announce the relocation of its headquarters to the Rabun Business Park in Rabun County, Georgia. Major Display is an international LED scoreboard manufacturer and sports marketing agency with a focus on new technology development. For school districts, parks and recreation departments, and youth athletic associations, Major Display's LED scoreboards provide sports leagues with cutting edge technology and unmatched quality. In addition to technological innovation, Major Display is the nation's only … [Read more...]

Thornton is Rabun County economic development manager

by Megan Studdard The Clayton Tribune, August 27, 2015 Rabun County welcomes Ryan Thornton as the newest face at Rabun Business Park. Thornton, 47, was hired Aug. 18 to fill the newly created economic development manager position. The University of Georgia graduate brings more than a decade of experience from the Georgia Department of Economic Development to the local business park. While at the state level, Thornton worked on international recruitment, export promotion and small business development. He was key in implementing small business and entrepreneurship programs across … [Read more...]

Rabun County Job Fair June 12th

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