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9/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that Georgia is ranked sixth nationally and third in the Southeast for top job growth. With the creation of over 79,300 new jobs in the past 12 months, Georgia represents a strong 2.0 percent annual growth rate, which is higher than the nation’s average of 1.8 percent.


9/20/2014
 1. Georgia
It’s difficult to beat Texas on any list of economic development power states these days, but Georgia did exactly that in the Area Development survey of site consultants, nudging Texas down into the No. 2 spot after it finished No. 1 a year ago. Georgia’s accomplishment was especially impressive because of the breadth of its strong performances over most of the 18 categories voted on by the consultants, including top-three finishes in 12 of them.

The Area Development honor follows other recent recognition of Georgia’s rise in the ranks, which included its choice by a CNBC study as the No. 1 place for business in America. Such rankings “are a testament to the commitment from Georgia businesses, communities, economic development partners, and the people of Georgia,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement, indicating his confidence that “more businesses will consider expanding or relocating here.”

Georgia’s success has come from dead reckoning in areas that are crucial to business locators. That includes the state’s welcoming and business-friendly government, to be sure. And employers are enthusiastic about one of the Georgia legislature’s most recent moves: passing significant workers’ compensation reform that cuts costs for business.

The state also enjoys a strong infrastructure, featuring Hart International, one of the world’s most efficient passenger airports; two deepwater ports; and one of the nation’s most extensive surface-transportation networks. (The consultants ranked Georgia No. 2 for its overall infrastructure and global access.)

No wonder that Georgia has been able to announce a continuing string of business expansions and relocations over the last year. One of the biggest was the plan hatched by Kia to expand its auto-making operations in the state as the Korean automaker increases its share of U.S. car sales. Its Georgia workforce has, in fact, helped the brand move to the top of automotive-quality perceptions among American consumers. In fact, Georgia’s Quick Start has ranked as the leading workforce development program among site consultants polled in the Area Development Top States for Doing Business survey in each of the five years it has been conducted.
Source:  Area Development, 3rd Quarter 2014











9/19/2014
 Georgia is America's top state for business, CNBC said in a survey released in the sumer.

9/5/2014
 With Volkswagen's expansion, the hunt is on to lure more automotive suppliers to the region.

9/1/2014
 Ringgold Recycling:  Shaw Industries Group is expanding its reclamation and recycling program in Catoosa County, creating 70 new jobs.  

9/1/2014
 Lured by some of the most generous tax credits in the country, film producers boosted spending on motion picture and television shows in Georgia last year by more than 50% to a record high $1.4 billion.

7/15/2014
The following information is provided by: Georgia Power, Moody's Analytics, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Tech America, Fortune Magazine, GPA






6/25/2014
 Georgia was rated as the best state in the country for doing business by CNBC on Tuesday.  

6/23/2014
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday, June 23, that Shaw Industries Group Inc. will expand its reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility in Ringgold, creating at least 70 new jobs and investing more than $17 million into the facility.

5/28/2014
Audia International, Inc. to invest more than $50 million in a plastics manufacturing facility in the newly developed Walker County Business Park north of LaFayette on U.S. 27. 

5/19/2014
 The Georgia Ports Authority will spend $86.5 million to add 24 cranes for moving cargo containers at the Port of Savannah.

4/21/2014
 Top of Georgia recently had the honor of speaking with Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College regarding the new Catoosa County Campus, and he shared his excitement over the project.

4/15/2014
 The Technical College System of Georgia has a kind of economic development guerilla unit built on fast-track training for hot industrial prospects looking to land in the state and wanting a training workforce ready to begin on its grand opening day.  They get what they want every time, says Rodger Brown, executive director marketing and strategic media for Georgia Quick Start (QS) a team of workforce training experst whose speed in getting industry prospects to sign on the dotted line and then get their job applicants through training and onto production line amazes their competitors in the chase to attract new business and industry.

3/17/2014
Georgia has been involved in filmmaking from its earliest days, but the contemporary rush to make films here started with "Deliverance" (1972), based on a novel by Georgia author James Dickey.  Filmed in Tallulah Gorge near Clayton and on the Chattooga River, "Deliverance" launched a sport, a major tourism business and more.

3/12/2014
 Dalton, Georgia based Shaw Industries is creating 200 new jobs in Ringgold, Georgia.

3/12/2014
 Nissin Brake is investing $33 million to expand its plant in Rock Spring, Georgia.

3/12/2014
 Georgia Ports Authority says its container terminal's size and scale is unmatched in the U.S.

3/11/2014
 The Imperial Cup building north of LaFayette, GA is being revived another expanding business in LaFayette.

2/20/2014
 Georgia notched a 10% surge in job creation in fiscal year 2013, with 389 companies investing $6 billion and creating 31,656 jobs.

2/13/2014
 The state of Georgia is planning to build a $10 million facility in northwest Georgia to train workers for jobs at Volkswagen's Chattanooga manufacturing plant and its suppliers.

2/13/2014
Cabela's Inc., which sells hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to open a store in Fort Oglethorpe, serving the greater Chattanooga area.


2/3/2014
 A Rock spring, Georgia factory that's already working around the clock to make car and golf cart parts is expanding again.

1/8/2014
 The Pete Store, LLC, an exclusive dealer of Peterbilt trucks, announced it has completed over $700,000 in upgrades to its Ringgold location. 

12/31/2013
 A North Georgia factory that's already working around the clock to make car and golf cart parts is expanding.

11/5/2013
 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.

10/21/2013
 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.

9/12/2013
Area Development Magazine's recent Site Consultant Survey for 2013 has ranks Georgia among the top states for companies to do business.

9/5/2013
 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.

8/21/2013
The Dade County Industrial Development Authority has launched their new website.

7/5/2010
Fort Oglethorpe was the fastest growing city in the area during the 2000-2009 decade with a 42.2% change in population.

4/14/2010

A 10-County Region of Northwest Georgia is projected to grow by almost 500,000 people in the next 40 years.

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