Savannah: A little edge. A little charm. A lot of potential. 

Described by many as a small town vibe with big city offerings, Savannah is a mecca of art, innovation, history and progress. 

And while more than 13 million visitors call on Savannah each year, it's the people who settle in this city who truly discover everything that is Savannah.

With the largest landmarked historic district in the nation, more art galleries per capita than New York City, 22 grassy moss-draped squares, award-winning restaurants, nights filled with live music and film festivals and weekends relaxing on the beach, the good life is hear.

Savannah has everything you need to suceed including a creative talent pipeline, operating costs 30 percent lower than competiting cities and an infrastructure that enables young companies to grow.

It is no wonder that more than 70 creative design and technology businesses have already chosen to call Savannah home. Companies like Rails Machine, Gauge Interactive, BCKYRD, Micro C, Tour Buddy Apps, Flight Safety International, Paragon Design Group, Focus Lab and OnPoint Digital.

The Talent Is Here

One clear advantage is the more than 9,300 Savannah College of Art and Design students from all over the world majoring in programs such as interactive design and game development, graphic design, industrial design, film and television, animation and more.

In total, there are 60,000 area college students at SCAD, Georgia Tech Savannah, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, Savannah Technical College and others.

Infrastructure That Enables

Savannah has a variety of office space available and operating costs that are generally 30 percent less than other comparable cities. Within Savannah's historic district there is more than 2.7 million square feet of office space including priavte Class A space, co-working spaces and maker spaces.

Add to this an infrastructure that includes some of the fastest Internet connectivity in the country. Savannah has three private companies that offer gigabit Internet connection.

Savannah Creative Technologies Incentives

In 2016, SEDA created the Savannah Creative Technologies Incentives. The incentives, partnered with Georgia's existing incnetives, are designed to help grow and attract creative technology jobs and investment to Chatham County. 

The Savannah Creative Technologies Incentives are avaiable for qualified businesses. There are two tiers to the incentive.
 
 

Tier 1

Creating and keeping at least five positions at 10 percent above the County average wage.

Tier 2 

Creating and keeping at least five positions at 25 percent above the County average wage.
Cash Grant
$10,000 for every five jobs. Not to exceed $100,000 per company and paid only after it has been validated that the job has exsisted for at least one full year.
Cash Grant
$20,000 for every five jobs. Not to exceed $100,000 per company and paid only after it has been validated that the job has exsisted for at least one full year.
Facility Rental Assistance
Up to $6,000 towards facility rent. Must create at least 10 new jobs.
Facility Rental Assistance
Up to $12,000 towards facility rent. Must create at least 10 new jobs.
Special Relocation Assistance
$2,500 per employee up to 10 employees. Must have Georgia driver's license, verifable receipts and proof of residency. 
Special Relocation Assistance
$2,500 per employee up to 10 employees. Must have Georgia driver's license, verifable receipts and proof of residency. 

To learn more about Savannah contact Creative Technologies Project Manger, Patrick Bentley, pbentley@seda.org, 912.447.8450.

Did You Know?

The New York Times named Savannah an incubator of creativity.