Georgia Centers of Innovation Aerospace

The Center of Innovation for Aerospace provides the technical industry expertise, collaborative research and partnerships to help the state's aerospace industry connect, compete and grow. The Center advances recognition of Georgia’s strength in the global aerospace industry, and contributes to the entrepreneurial and educational ecosystems required for its continued growth. Home to more than 800 aerospace companies and total workforce of 99,000, the state benefits from a diverse industry across the sectors of manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and transportation. Home to powerhouses Gulfstream Aerospace, Delta Air Lines, and Lockheed Martin, aerospace products are the number one export from the state of Georgia at $8.44 billion.


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Georgia ranks No. 1 for aerospace manufacturing

We’ve done it again! According to PwC’s 2017 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings index, Georgia ranked No. 1 among the top 10 U.S. states for aerospace manufacturing, while the U.S. once again remained first globally! Aerospace has a $64 billion economic impact in Georgia, and this incredible win for our state puts a spotlight on the more than 800 aerospace companies that call Georgia home. In fact, 99,000 Georgians are employed by this industry. It’s important to note that aerospace products are the number one international export from the state of Georgia producing more than $8.44 billion annually.

According to the report, Georgia led the competition is several areas including:

  • Cost: 10
  • Labor: 19
  • Infrastructure: 12
  • Industry: 4
  • Geopolitical risk: 7
  • Economy: 20
  • Tax Policy: 36


“Georgia moved up by two ranks to first place this year, mainly because of an improved ranking in the Industry category and a strong placement in the newly-added Economy category.”

Our state continues to prove itself as a leader across several industries. Thanks to the collaborative efforts from Georgia’s leadership, GDEcD’s Global Commerce team and the Center of Innovation for Aerospace, it is no surprise that we are leading the nation in the aerospace manufacturing industry.

“Georgia is close to space launch facilities. With these strengths, Georgia is continuing to attract investments in commercial aviation and space technology, with a focus on autonomous commercial aircraft, commercial space, and existing defense platforms.”

We are thrilled to have been ranked No. 1, once again! We work hard to make sure that all businesses and industries thrive in our state, and this ranking in a testament to these efforts.

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