Rabun County: Low Cost, Laid Back. Major Display agrees

RABUN GAP, Ga. — Tammy Whittaker taps on her iPad mini and opens an app that syncs to an LED scoreboard in a former Fruit of the Loom plant.

She changes the score from her iPad and the numbers light up on the board, which her company, Major Display, plans to install this spring at a new sports complex in central Florida’s Seminole County. Another app will allow spectators at and away from the games to follow the score and player stats.

In early 2016, Major Display moved into the Rabun Business Park, a nearly 1 million-square-foot facility off U.S. 441 in the far tip of northeast Georgia in Rabun County. The scoreboard manufacturer and sports marketing agency generated $1 million in revenue in 2015 and expects to reach $6 million in 2016, fueled by tech innovations and clients such as municipalities, parks and recreation departments, school districts and youth athletic associations.

“Our big claim to fame is that we control all of our scoreboards from a tablet or an app,” Whittaker says.

In the last few years, a number of other entrepreneurs and companies with unique niches have chosen Rabun County, a county of 16,000 residents known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Some business owners grew up visiting the county for vacation or camp. Others see a space for plants, warehouses, restaurants and shops that’s cheaper than Atlanta, about 120 miles away, or Greenville, S.C., about 100 miles away.

“Rabun County can be a low-cost, profitable place to locate a business,” says Robert Pittman, chairman of the Development Authority of Rabun County.

Photo courtesy of Major Display

Source: Georgia Trend

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