Georgia's Global Advantage
The world comes to Georgia – and stays
Porsche, Adidas, Kia, and thousands of other international companies have planted roots in Georgia (see who’s here by searching our database).Employees of these international brands find a welcoming home in Georgia: The state has many thriving international communities, with cultural centers, language schools, authentic cuisine, and educational exchanges. You can find the flavors of home across the state at restaurants and grocery stores specializing in food from Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, the Mediterranean, and more. For more than 40 years, the Atlanta Greek Festival has invited everyone to join in its celebration of authentic Greek cuisine, decadent desserts, live music, dancing, and more. Visitors to Macon, Georgia's International Cherry Blossom Festival enjoy the beauty of more than 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom, as delegates from that year’s featured nations share their heritage and cultures. Fiesta Latina brings food, music, and dance from the many cultures of Latin America to River Street in Savannah each year. You can make new business contacts and friends quickly here through business organizations and community-based groups. People who have lived in Georgia their whole lives and new neighbors from far away both find a warm welcome here.
Georgia is home to approximately 70 consulates, trade commissions, and bi-national chambers of commerce, many of which have been in our state for decades. Our international team maintains strong relationships with these countries and territories (read more on that below). So if you need help facilitating business – in the U.S. or abroad – you’ve got an immediate bridge.
Global accessibility other states just don’t have
Expanding your business in the U.S.
- Help identify greenfield sites and available buildings in Georgia that best meet your needs.
- Provide current data on available workforce, training programs, and average operating costs and taxes.
- Connect you with state agencies and other partners relevant to your business or industry.
- Guide you to agencies and other resources for information on regulations and permitting.
Once you’ve established operations here in Georgia, you’ll have access to all of the other benefits and services provided to Georgia companies – from workforce training and tax credits to help expanding international trade with other nations.
Another global advantage: Overseas presence
These representatives are invaluable resources for any company looking to do business in or with Georgia. In Georgia, members of our international trade team work with companies in every region of the state to get more Georgia products and services into more international markets. They:
- Provide market and industry intelligence (data, tools, resources).
- Advise on how to expand exports, offering valuable insights into the local business practices of other countries.
- Locate and pre-qualify partners and customers in global markets.
- Generate “due diligence” reports on potential partners for export.
- Coordinate in-country appointments for Georgia companies visiting international markets.
Why Georgia has such strong international relationships
Much of this relationship building begins with the international relations team of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which promotes protocol and cultural awareness throughout the state.This team of world-traveled, detail-oriented professionals helps communities across the state host dignitaries from around the world and coordinate logistics for Georgia’s leadership traveling overseas.