Retention, Expansion & Relocation Services

Looking to relocate or expand your business? You’ll find that Henry County has the infrastructure and support you need to quickly get your operations up and running. Learn more about expanding or relocating your business in Henry County below. However, the best way to see all Henry County has to offer is through a site visit, please contact us for a personalized tour.

Relocation Services

Relocate your business to Henry County, Georgia where we have a pro-business attitude, workforce training is fast and free, and businesses have direct, easy access to global markets. The Authority seeks to be your “One Stop Shop” and single point of contact for Henry County throughout your relocation process. Businesses choose to relocate to Henry County for:
  • Taxation

Georgia’s six percent corporate income tax rate applies only to the portion of income that is earned in Georgia. Plus, Georgia does not use the “Throw Back Rule.”
 Learn more about county and state incentives
  • Workforce

Georgia is home to the nation’s top workforce training program, Quick Start, and Henry County’s median age of 36 and proximity to renowned educational facilities sets its workforce ahead of other regions. More here
  • Financial Assistance

Businesses wishing to relocate have a wide range of grants and financing programs, including industrial development bond financing, available via specialized public programs that foster business development. Learn more about these opportunities
  • Business Partnerships

The Henry County Development Authority works with many partners in the community to drive workforce development, business growth and provide a high quality of life for our residents. Learn more about our partners
  • Available Sites & Buildings

Searching for the perfect building or site for your corporate relocation can be a long and hard process. Authority economic development staff is here to help in your search. Get started by searching our database of sites and buildings
  • Building and Planning Review

The Building and Plan Review Department is tasked with the issuance of permits, building plan review and inspections for compliance to ordinances, technical codes and accepted industry practices. Learn more, download forms and documents or apply online.

Expansion Services

A well-educated workforce, reasonably priced land, favorable taxes, and an advanced logistics and transportation infrastructure have convinced many to expand by establishing subsidiary or larger operations in Henry County. The Authority seeks to be your single point of contact for Henry County throughout your expansion, including being available to assist and facilitate:
  • Site selection
  • New or available buildings search
  • Building layout and other industrial engineering services
  • Workforce recruiting
  • Labor training and retraining
  • Existing business contact programs
  • Export assistance
  • Export development strategies
  • Existing business council start up
  • Prospect package development
  • Supplier attraction strategies
  • Georgia tax credits and exemptions
  • Freeport exemption on inventories
  • Financing options
  • Utility availability and costs

Retention & Expansion Services

The Authority’s economic development professionals would like to work with Henry County organizations to assist in the growth of their businesses within the county. Able to match industry needs with local and state resources, this complimentary assistance is extended to existing Henry County companies. Below is a brief list of the services available, contact us for more information.
  • Export assistance
  • Permitting & site selection assistance
  • On-Site company visitation
  • Training assistance
  • Expansion assistance
  • Market research assistance
  • Community connection for assistance with tax credits, workforce recruitment, training and retraining
  • Business to business introductions
  • Networking opportunities
  • PR, media and outreach; recognizing accolades, major accomplishments and/or significant growth and expansions
  • Employee and spouse relocations as a result of expansions, mergers and/or acquisitions
Connect With Us
Leonard Sledge
Executive Director
Leonard Sledge joined the Development Authority staff as Executive Director, following 4 years with the with the City of Hampton, Virginia as a Director of Economic Development. Leonard also served as the Director/Assistant Director for the College of William & Mary's Office of Economic Development. Leonard holds a Bachelor of General Science degree from Morehouse College, a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Leonard is active in professional economic development organizations including the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Leah Brown
Director of Marketing and Existing Industry
Leah Brown works with Henry County’s primary businesses to help problem solve, discuss potential expansion opportunities and advise clients on any applicable resources and support available. Leah also leads HCDA's marketing efforts. Prior to joining the Authority, Leah worked for the Macon Economic Development Commission as the Manager of Industry and Business and as Projects Manager. Leah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College & State University and a Masters of Public Administriation degree from the University of Georgia
Terry Collins
Office Manager
Terry has been a resident of Henry County since 1985. She was employed by the Henry County Board of Education for 11 years prior to joining the Henry County Board of Commissioners in 2001. Terry has served as Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Henry County Development Authority since 2010.