Statesboro — Now you’re in business.
Statesboro’s Downtown is the business hub and consumer heartbeat of the city. The 2010 census named Statesboro the sixth fastest-growing city of our type in the nation and with a city population that now tops 29,000, Georgia Southern University adding more than 20,000 students and growing, and the surrounding Bulloch county, one of the 50 fastest growing counties in the country with an additional population of over 72,000, Downtown is perfectly placed to suit every resident’s needs. At the center of a region primed for growth thanks to local facilities of Fortune 500 companies, a burgeoning University campus, and healthy agribusiness, Downtown Statesboro’s potential is clear.
With that impressive big picture in mind, now we zoom into the close-up.
Traffic counts show 25,000 cars through our Main Street intersection every day. Statesboro’s government offices, all located downtown, are surrounded by a thriving core of finance, entertainment and retail. Clothing shops, music stores, restaurants, bakeries, antique malls, salons, law offices, banks, and business services of all kinds line the streets of Downtown Statesboro as thousands drive past their storefronts every day.
The City Center, an extension of Georgia Southern University, is another downtown resource. It houses the Entrepreneurship Center colloquially called the E-Zone, an incubator for entrepreneurial start-ups, that is complete with support from University staff and Fellows. It is also a gathering place for business leaders thanks to established lunch-and-learn programs and a large business resource library. In addition, it is also a popular event venue, offering state-of-the-art technology and several meeting spaces from an executive boardroom to a classroom setting.
Business Incentives: Three programs that grow business and community.
Downtown Statesboro Development Authority– District Map
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority Incentive Package
As you search for a prospective business location and opportunity, Downtown Statesboro has a number of advantages, including a strong incentive package for NEW businesses that locate in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District. For example, on a $750,000 project, total savings can top $11,000. The incentive package includes:
- Waiver of Business License Fees
- Waiver of Alcohol License Fees: For new restaurants only.
- Waiver of Building Permit Fees
- Waiver of Initial Water and Sewer Tap Fees
- Waiver of Initial Natural Gas Connections and Fees
Façade Matching Grant
To fund store front renovation and improvements to qualified buildings, business owners in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District can apply for a matching grant from the DSDA. Contact us to find out more.
The DSDA has the ability to offer low-interest loans at below market rates to qualified borrowers in the Downtown Statesboro Incentive District. Contact us to find out more.
Downtown Statesboro Master Plan
The Downtown Statesboro Master Plan will be a guide and blueprint of what the City of Statesboro will be in the future.
Be a part of what is happening downtown and the Boro Blue Mile by attending the workshop.
October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Statesboro First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
101 South Main Street
The presentation will highlight what we have heard from the community and showcase some exciting ideas for the future of downtown, including new housing, green space, a boutique hotel, entertainment venues, and other amenities. There will be opportunities to share your input on the draft plans. Learn more at www.downtownstatesboromasterplan.com. See you there!