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Georgia ranks no. 1 in business for seventh straight year

Site Selection, a leading economic development trade magazine, named Georgia the leading state in the nation in which to do business for the seventh consecutive year.

Georgia has been ranked among the top 10 states in Site Selection’s business climate rankings throughout the last decade and is the only state to win the business publication’s award seven consecutive years.

Site Selection calls out three specific reasons Georgia rose to the top once again: business climate factors are strong (available workforce, infrastructure, business costs, etc.); Georgia businesses have the resources for continued success and stability; and, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport is “the beating heart of Southeast commerce and global connectivity.”

“We have a great state with a lot of advantages, despite what’s happening across the globe that I can’t control,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “I follow the trade issues, China and the world economy very closely, but we continue to have a great business environment and we’re announcing great deals and making the point that manufacturers can make anything they want anywhere in our state. We’re opening up a lot of avenues besides metro Atlanta.”

Site Selection’s annual Top State Business Climate rankings are equally based on objective data, including an index of taxation statistics determined by the Tax Foundation and two corporate analyses that track new and expanded business activity, and subjective input received via an independent site location experts survey.

“Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Mark Arend, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “Georgia’s seventh consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”

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