Director of Life Sciences, Corporate Solutions, Digital Entertainment and IT
Only one other state in the U.S. boasts more companies on the 2015 Healthcare Informatics 100 listing than Georgia, setting the stage for what’s grown into an epicenter for the health IT industry. Georgia’s robust HIT network, anchored by the eight companies featured on the list, drives the entire industry in creating a more powerful, competitive and successful ecosystem.
The role the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Life Sciences, Corporate Solutions, Digital Entertainment and IT Team plays is not passive. We help companies thrive by providing assistance to those considering Georgia as a business destination. In addition, we help to identify and pursue prospective companies with expansion or relocation potential. For companies with operations in Georgia, we work to develop solutions for their business needs and provide assistance to local chambers of commerce and development authorities in their economic development outreach.
As a result of our efforts, many HIT companies have grown or chosen to call Georgia home. We pride ourselves on being active partners in helping them achieve high-level business development goals.
So, you can see, Georgia’s position as a growing hub for HIT didn’t happen by chance. Our more than 225 HIT companies take advantage of a range of resources and benefits, including:
Georgia is home to the world’s most traveled airport and fastest growing ports infrastructure. Aside from the ease of access to global markets that these facilities provide, Georgia also has the following connectivity and transportation advantages to offer companies:
Access to top graduating talent is key for any company in any industry, no matter how large or how small. Our state’s higher education system confers more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate degrees annually across healthcare, including HIT, biotechnology and life science related programs.
Among the HIT programs, certificates and degrees offered by the University System of Georgia are:
Georgia has been ranked the number-one state in the U.S. for business by Site Selection magazine for the past three years. Georgia makes financial sense as a home for budding HIT companies to do business for several reasons, including:
Companies such as Greenway Health and HealthPort, and the presence of facilities such as the Center for Disease Control make Georgia an epicenter for healthcare IT and life sciences talent and industry leaders. The picture becomes clear when all these assets are factored together with the network of businesses that already exists here.
Our department frequently steps up to help facilitate relationships between HIT companies and the partners they need to build out in a successful way. We help larger companies solve productivity challenges by introducing them to smaller companies and other partners, which in turn helps smaller companies gain valuable experience and exposure within the industry.
But the real value play in doing business in Georgia comes from the combination of hard business benefits, such as transportation infrastructure, and soft business benefits, such as a low cost of living. Our department is continuously working to help companies across Georgia’s HIT continuum stay as efficient and cutting edge as possible. We want HIT companies in Georgia to continue to thrive, and with more then $4 billion in annual reported revenue between them, we think Georgia is the place to be in HIT.