Site Selection

Governor Nathan Deal along with senior executives from Gulfstream, Home Depot and UPS gathered at the State Capitol to announce that Georgia is the “#1 Business Climate in the Nation” according to Site Selection magazine.

The following is an excerpt from the Site Selection Investment Profile:


No longer a bridesmaid, Georgia claims the limelight in 2013 as the state with the best business climate, according to Site Selection’s annual ranking of states’ attractiveness to corporate facility investors.The Peach State placed fourth in last year’s ranking, second in 2011 and sixth in 2010. North Carolina, the belle of the ball for several of the publication’s Top Business Climate rankings in recent years — it finished first again last year — places second in 2013, followed by Texas, Ohio and Tennessee in the top five slots. The Southeast is once again heavily represented in the top 10, but Indiana joins the mix this year, rising from a 12th-place finish in 2012. In early 2012, Caterpillar announced a site near Athens as the location for a construction equipment plant that will employ 1,400 by 2020. Baxter International broke ground in August 2012 on a $1-billion complex near Covington that will begin producing biomedical treatments in 2018. And Porsche broke ground on its $100-million US headquarters at a former Ford Motor Co. site adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in November 2012. All of these projects have been covered in these pages, but they bear mention here in the context of this ranking. These companies had plenty of location options, especially in the business-friendly Southeast. They chose Georgia. Read More ▶ Read the Site Selection Investment Profile ▶

Gateway to Opportunity

The only thing in Georgia as effective as its layers of logistics assets is the team of people ready to help put those assets to work. Collaboration and teamwork are typical, rather than surprising. Take Baxter International’s billion dollar biologics manufacturing plant that broke ground this summer at the Stanton Springs site in Covington developed by a four-county coalition. Or Caterpillar’s decision earlier in the year to locate a manufacturing plant at a longstanding candidate site at the juncture of two counties near Athens.It begins at the top, where Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, among others, have led the charge for the expansion of the Port of Savannah. It continues through the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s vast and deep pool of resources, including teams devoted to existing industry, global commerce and international trade, as well as its Centers of Innovation program. And it reaches full flower in the strong array of partners, from communities to utilities to higher education to the Georgia Allies, a partnership between state government and private corporations. “No matter how big or small the project is, the Georgia team is flexible, responsive and creative in helping that company find the right solution here that will bring it business success,” says Chris Cummiskey, former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We’re able to adjust to a company’s timeline, as we demonstrated with both the Baxter location, which took four years, and with Kia, which took about six months. Those are both very large customers, of course, but the bulk of our corporate activity involves companies with 100 employees or fewer. We are also very conscious of the needs of our existing companies and do a considerable amount of outreach to them. So we have a lot of capabilities to flex in a way that works for the company.” Read More ▶ Read the Site Selection Investment Profile ▶

Contact GDEcD

To get help expanding or relocating a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development or call 404.962.4000.

More About Georgia Benefits

Georgia’s industry-specific Project Analysts are available to help you with a wide range of business needs:
  • Site and building services
  • Location data
  • Community contacts and facilitation
  • Cost environment analysis
  • Coordination with state agencies

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