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Suwannee County Earns National Achievement Award for Business Incentive Program


WASHINGTON – Suwannee County Business Incentive Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized “Suwannee County Business Incentives” program in the category of Community and Economic Development, this is a performance based tax rebate program designed to recruit new businesses to Suwannee County, FL and encourage existing businesses to expand, growing jobs and increasing the local tax base resulting in increased quality of life for the residents of Live Oak and Suwannee County.

Commissioner Ricky Gamble, Chair, Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners says this is exciting news for both Live Oak and Suwannee County, this honor says to the nation’s business community, that Suwannee County is open for business. The city and county has both adopted this Business Incentive program to help build up economic capacity and encouraging our local businesses to expand. The ultimate goal of all our economic efforts is to increase the overall quality of life for our residents, continue to decrease unemployment while creating opportunities for families to secure well paying jobs.

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.  Learn more at

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