Georgia was recognized by Site Selection magazine as the state with the best business climate, besting North Carolina which had claimed the title last year. The magazine cited such economic development projects as carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries Group's plan to invest $85 million to build a facility in Northwest Georgia with an estimated 500 jobs.
Georgia Economic Developers Association gave the Sumerville project, Mohawk Industries plant expansion, its annual "Deal of the Year" award in the small communities (50,000 and under) category.
"There is a wealth of business incentives out there for Georgia businesses," says Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "If you look at the Southeast of the country in general, it is a growing part of the country. The marketplace is moving in that direction, especially here in Georgia because we are a right to work state.. And we feel that we lead in the SE, which has allowed us to put the largest incentives on the table."
For six weeks (March 4-April 17) in the spring of 2014 art lovers from all over the region will be able to see works by some of Georgia's most celebrated artists.
Area Development Magazine's recent Site Consultant Survey for 2013 has ranks Georgia among the top states for companies to do business.
Georgia's prime location, infrastructure assets and industry network provide companies a head start for moving goods faster, better and cheaper, and keeping up with rapidly evolving supply chains. Combining the state's logistics assets with its location in the heart of the fastest-growing U.S. population region - and access to more than 80% of the U.S. market within a two-day truck trip - creates a powerful location for companies to work from.
The Dade County Industrial Development Authority has launched their new website.
A Volkswagen and General Motors supplier plans to open a new plant in Northwest Georgia, hiring up to 50 employees, officials said Monday.
GE Appliances has officially dedicated a massive, multi-million dollar expansion to its manufacturing operations at the Roper Corp. plant in LaFayette, GA.
Mohawk Industries which operates two plants in Chattooga County, is a Fortune 500 company again ranking one of 16 Georgia companies to rank in the Fortune 500.
While David Parker's early efforts were in construction, the young entrepreneur realized that to build a bigger, more multi-faceted company he needed to expand his operations. The field he chose was telecommunications. While enjoying the small town life in Chattooga County, he is operating Parker Systems and Parker FiberNet that keep him linked to customers around the world.
Georgia Trend's annual region-by-region look at Georgia's economy finds positive signs from all corners of the state.
Mike Proctor and Monty Daggett cooked up the first few batches of Old Mill Kettle Corn in a garage with one kettle and two pairs of hands -- meticulously popping, bagging and labeling everthing by hands. "We did two cases one night and thought we were doing really well," Daggett said with a laugh.
The company, located in Chickamauga, GA, is poised to double in size in the next year. Heartland® brands, a subsidiary of McKee Foods, will start distributing Old Mill Kettle Corn products to grocery and retail stores throughout the nation.
Fort Oglethorpe was the fastest growing city in the area during the 2000-2009 decade with a 42.2% change in population.
A 10-County Region of Northwest Georgia is projected to grow by almost 500,000 people in the next 40 years.