City of Savannah
Savannah’s City government adopted a council/manager form of government in 1954. Edna B. Jackson became Savannah’s Mayor in 2012. The current City Council, which consists of the Mayor and eight Aldermen, levies taxes, enacts ordinances, adopts the annual budget and appoints the City Manager.
Chatham County is located on the southeast coast of Georgia. There are eight municipalities within the County: Savannah (county seat), Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island and Vernonburg.
Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA)
SDRA’s mission is to lead a coordinated strategy of economic development and civic design to strengthen Greater Downtown Savannah.
Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA)
SEDA’s mission is to improve the standard of living for all citizens of Savannah/Chatham County by stimulating the economy through the attraction of investment, the creation of jobs and the support of established businesses already in the area.
SCORE “Counselors to America's Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Coastal Area District Development Authority (CADDA)
CADDA was established as a non-profit economic development lender in 1976. In 1982, it received its designation as a Certified Development Company by the Small Business Administration, which allows it to deliver the SBA 504 program. SBA 504 loans are an excellent tool for financing fixed assets such as land, building and equipment on long term, below-market, fixed rates. CADDA's service area for the SBA 504 market includes the entire state of Georgia, North Florida and lower South Carolina.
Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC)
SBAC is a specialized, non-profit business development organization licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is supported by the City of Savannah and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote economic growth. SBAC offers a variety of loan programs for new and existing businesses in the service delivery area.
Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SBDC’s mission is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDC offers a range of services, including consulting, continuing education, applied research, minority business, international trade, commercialization, and client stories.
Business Retention Action Team (BRAT)
BRAT works with established businesses on issues from OSHA pre-audits to utility management, from labor force recruitment to training, from exporting assistance to legislative lobbying and more. Made up of a group of economic developers, BRAT has representatives from SEDA, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education’s Quick Start training program, Georgia’s Economic Development Department, Georgia’s Department of Labor, Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute, Savannah Technical College and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.