About GSDA

Griffin-Spalding Development Authority


Created in 1962 as a Constitutional Development Authority in accordance with Georgia state law, the Griffin-Spalding County Development Authority works to attract new industry and expand existing industry in the county. Its twelve members meet monthly to report on projects, plan strategy, consider inducement resolutions for new industries, and to acquire and develop industrial buildings, industrial sites and industrial parks.

A local government is permitted to support its Development Authority by dedicating the proceeds of an ad valorem tax to the Authority (up to 1 mill for counties and up to 3 mills for cities). Other support can include providing the Development Authority with property to be used for a proper public purpose. Some of this support may be passed through indirectly to a project.

The Griffin-Spalding Development Authority has collected 1 mill each from the city and county for several years in the past in order to repay bonds issued to purchase and grade the industrial park and to construct a spec building. However, in July of 2000 the authority began being funded solely by Spalding County due to House Bill 489 (duplication of services).

The Griffin-Spalding Development Authority (GSDA) is the designated industrial development agency for Spalding County, and is empowered to issue industrial revenue anticipation bonds to build and expand manufacturing and warehousing facilities within the county. The Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month to finance projects and to strategically plan for future jobs for the county.

The GSDA board of directors is composed of twelve of the community's leading citizens; they are appointed by the City of Griffin and Spalding County Boards of Commissioners for a three-year term. The City of Griffin and Spalding County each appoint one additional member from their respective commissions to serve for a one-year term. The Chairman of the Board of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce is also a member of the GSDA.

GSDA Staff members include:

David M. Luckie, CEcD
Executive Director

Kim Grist
Administrative Assistant

GSDA Board members include:

Chuck Copeland, Chairman - President, First National Bank of Griffin

Tom Gardner, Vice Chair - Retired Business Owner

Robert Parker, Secretary/Treasurer - Commercial Account Mgr. SERVPRO

Daa’ood Amin - President, Amin Sheet Metal, Inc

Walter Cliff Futral - Owner Futral Farms

Don Hawbaker - Spalding County Commissioner

Ballard Brooks - Retired, Election Services Supervisor

Trudy Gill - Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce

Nat Doughtie - Sr. Lender, United Bank of Griffin

Brian Miller - Founder & Executive Director Sole Plus

Bill Thielemann - Retired, State Economic Development

Doug Hollberg - City of Griffin Commissioner


Butts-Henry-Lamar-Spalding Joint Development Authority

The Butts-Henry-Lamar-Spalding County Joint Development Authority was created in 1995 to promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities within this four county region. An industry choosing to locate in Spalding County would be entitled to a jobs tax credit of $500 per job in addition to the existing jobs tax credit of $2,500 per job.

The twelve members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the County Commission in the respective counties in which they are residents. The Board of Directors met quarterly on the second Wednesday in January, April, July, and October of each year.

Members of the Butts-Henry-Lamar-Spalding County Joint Development Authority representing Spalding County are: Chuck Copeland, Chairman of the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority; Tom Gardner and Robert Parker.