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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:13am

Deal Releases Competitiveness Report

A report aimed at making the state more attractive to businesses cites education and workforce development as the most important factors for companies looking to locate or expand in Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal has released the final report of the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative. The governor has identified job creation and economic development as his priorities.

The initiative looked at six key factors to attracting businesses, including infrastructure, innovation, friendly business climate, global commerce and government efficiency. Some of the recommendations from the report are already being implemented and proposed at the Legislature.

The initiative is a public-private venture led by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a 23-member steering committee.