The history of Stafford Development Company began with the incorporation of Interstate Inns, Inc. in 1963, formed to build and operate the Holiday Inn in Tifton, GA. Two inactive companies, Reliable Tractor Company and Motor Discount Company were merged into Interstate Inns on May 25, 1973, and became Stafford Development Company on that date. From these early days Mr. Stafford continued to venture into various partnerships that have continued for over 50 years now.

For example in the 1970’s, Stafford Development Company acquired four apartment complexes with Charlie Williams, Sr. in Rome, Georgia; and, between 1979 and 1990, acquired five with Nathan Metzger, for a total of 1,501 rental units. To date Stafford still has ownership in three apartment complexes with Metzger & Company.