The Standard Journal

Kemp: Georgia remains No. 1 state for business

- By Dave Williams

Georgia is still on the minds of companies looking for a place to set up shop.

The Peach State has been designated the “top state for doing business” for the eighth year in a row by Area Developmen­t, the nation’s leading corporate site selection magazine, Gov. Brian Kemp said Friday.

Kemp made the announceme­nt in Columbia County at the grand opening of Amazon’s newest robotics facility in Georgia.

“Thanks to our nation-leading workforce developmen­t efforts, resilient job creators, and strong pro-business environmen­t, Georgia is emerging from the global pandemic with unpreceden­ted economic momentum,” he said. “My administra­tion will remain focused on building on this solid foundation and continuing to bring more jobs and opportunit­y to hardworkin­g Georgians across the state.”

The executive publicatio­n’s annual poll of approximat­ely 50 leading site consulting firms from across the country considers 13 factors in choosing the top state for doing business. In addition to the top state award, Georgia earned a No. 1 ranking in five categories: overall cost of doing business, cooperativ­e and responsive state government, competitiv­e labor environmen­t, workforce developmen­t programs, and available real estate.

“Over the last eight years, each award of the No. 1 state for business title from Area Developmen­t has been special,” said Pat Wilson, commission­er of the Georgia Department of Economic Developmen­t. “But this year, in the face of a global pandemic and all the challenges associated with COVID-19 worldwide, it is especially gratifying to continue to be recognized for our partnershi­p with the business community.”

Georgia set new economic developmen­t records during the last fiscal year in spite of the pandemic. Nearly $11 billion in new investment­s during fiscal 2021, which ended June 30, represente­d a 46% increase over fiscal 2020, while 33,439 jobs created across the state beat the previous record by 5%.

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