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Georgia Named No. 1 State For Business Yet Again

If three is a trend, what’s five? Site Selection magazine named Georgia the No. 1 state for business for the fifth consecutive year. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for five consecutive years under the same governor.

Each November, Site Selection releases rankings for the top states in which to do business. Georgia has been ranked among the top 10 states in Site Selection’s business climate rankings throughout the last decade and has held the top spot for the last four years.

What is Site Selection magazine? Its tagline is “The magazine of corporate expansion and area economic development.” The Site Selection business climate survey is where those in the business world explain why states are better than others for business.

For five years running Georgia has come in at No. 1, something Gov. Nathan Deal is proud of. 

“I’m deeply grateful for the hard work of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and for the strong foundation laid by our community partners,” Deal said. “We are so proud to be ranked No. 1 for business, because behind this ranking is a new job opportunity for a parent, a new business for a community and more economic opportunity for all Georgians.”

Not lost in the news of being ranked No. 1, Georgia also received some great news from Amazon. The retail giant announced it would create yet another distribution hub in Georgia, creating more than 500 new jobs in the state.

The new center will be in Macon and will include a $90 million investment in the area. Construction is expected to begin in 60 to 90 days, and the facility is expected to be in operation in late 2018, according to The Telegraph

As you may have heard, Amazon is in the process of selecting a location for a second headquarters, which would bring an estimated 50,000 (!!) jobs with it. The Atlanta-metro is one of the cities in the running, so let’s hope this isn’t the last major announcement Amazon makes as it relates to the Peach State.

Parrish Walton

Parrish Walton is a communications specialist with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). He is the primary author of the Georgia@Work blog, which aims to educate Georgia citizens on all of the great things done by the Workforce Division within GDEcD. Parrish is a proud product of the public school system of... more