Georgia’s Governors and the General Assembly have a long history of supporting businesses in the state by passing bipartisan legislation that is business-friendly, and stopping legislation viewed as an impediment to business success in the state. It is no mistake that Site Selection and Area Development have both named Georgia as the best state in the country to do business for a record-setting eight years in a row. And for each of those years, Area Development also ranked Georgia No. 1 for Cooperative & Responsive State Government.
The department of economic development also facilities coordination between utilities, communities, and assists with permitting. We recognize the need for speed, and Georgia's certified site program identifies industrial sites that have undergone due diligence and are ready for fast-track construction projects.
An Advanced Workforce
Georgia University System – including top ranked Georgia Tech– has degree programs in engineering and business fields of study to meet your hiring needs. Georgia Tech is highly ranked as one of the best engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report.
The Technical College System of Georgia offers a wide range of skills training for manufacturing for both certificates and two-year degrees in jobs that are increasingly dependent on rapidly advancing technologies. In recent years, technical colleges have expanded their apprenticeship and internship programs, which combine formal education with on-the-job training. Georgia also recently launched the Hope Career Grant initiative which pays up to 100% of a student's tuition in high-demand fields including:
- Industrial Maintenance
- Welding and Joining
- Precision manufacturing
- Aviation technology
- Computer technology
Moving at the speed of business
- 80% of the nation within a two hour flight or two day drive
- The world’s busiest and most efficient airport, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- The Port of Savannah – home to the fastest growing and third-busiest container gateway in the United States
- Colonel’s Island Terminal, the 2nd busiest port in the U.S. for total Ro/Ro cargo
- The most extensive rail system in the Southeast
Culture of Innovation
Georgia is home to many companies with a history of innovation that has impacted their industries, and in some cases, the entire world. Many companies have chosen Georgia as the place to set-up their innovation centers. These companies were drawn to Georgia thanks to its advanced workforce in computer science and engineering fields of study, and incentives like the State’s R&D Tax Credit which allows the companies’ eligible R&D expenditures to be monetized in the form of claimed, unused credits applied to state payroll withholding.
The Georgia Center of Innovation works with Georgia manufacturers of all sizes, from entrepreneurs to large Fortune 500 companies, to address business challenges and opportunities and to innovate products, processes, and workforce. Additionally, the Center also works in strategic partnerships with companies, academia, and government to strengthen Georgia’s manufacturing ecosystem to support the future growth of the industry.
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