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Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty

Mark Crawford (Q4 2014)
Major economic, social, and regulatory factors are having big impacts on the life sciences and medical device industries, representing an opportunity for innovative companies to become new leaders and gain market share. More

Top States for Doing Business 2014: Georgia Unseats Texas, Industrial Midwest Rises

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q3 2014)
The list continues to be dominated by states in the South and mid-South as states from the industrial Midwest scratch their way back into position as major players in U.S. economic-development. More

In Focus: New Development of Small Industrial Facilities Expected as Inventory Dwindles

James Martell, President, Ridge Development Company, LLC (Q3 2014)
Lack of inventory for smaller scale industrial facilities in certain markets has created more competition among tenants and is expected to prompt activity from regional and national industrial developers, bringing new, state-of-the-art buildings to market. More

In Focus: Five Features of Successful Business Relocations and Expansions

Jeff Baryshnik, President,  Republic Real Estate Funds (Q3 2014)
By looking beyond just cost factors, those charged with the location decision can also help the environment and reduce stress. More

2014 Gold Shovel Awards: Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 2014)
Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize individual states for their economic development prowess. We honor 20 states for their achievements in 2013 in garnering company investment and job creation. More

Quality, Speed, and Value Drive the Site Selection Process

Erik Dunnigan, Vice President - Business Development, Bristol Group, Inc. (Q2 2014)
A combination of design-build and precast building systems is helping to deliver high-performance facilities within shorter timeframes and at lower cost. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. (Q2 2014)
In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

Low Costs + Skilled Workforce = A Perfect Fit

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce 2014)
The site selection process has always been a complex balancing act of finding the “perfect” combination between the ideal physical location and the most qualified and available workforce, with the cost of doing business in each location tempering the two considerations. More

GEORGIA at a glance

POPULATION: 9,815,210 (2011 U.S. Census estimate)

LABOR FORCE: 4,725,104 (2011 annual average)

RIGHT TO WORK: yes

STRATEGIC INDUSTRIES:Advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, health sciences and advanced technology, business and financial services, logistics, energy, defense, agribusiness

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over with BA or higher) 27.6%

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Income Tax: 6 percent of income apportioned to Georgia (single sales factor formula for corporate income tax)

Sales Tax: 4 percent; counties levy an additional 2-3 percent local sales tax

Property Tax: Millage rates vary by county and city

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
Job tax credits

Investment tax credits

Quality Jobs Tax Credit

Mega Project Tax Credit

Ports Activity Tax Credit

Film/multimedia tax credits

Retraining tax credits

Childcare tax credits

R&D tax credits

Sales & use tax exemptions (elimination of sales & use tax on energy used in manufacturing)

Inventory tax exemptions

Hiring assistance (Georgia Dept. of Labor)

Quick Start (employee training)

Technical colleges

Georgia Work Ready

HOPE Scholarship and Grant

Entrepreneur and small business development tax incentives

Angel Investor Tax Credit

Centers of Innovation

Enterprise zones

Foreign-trade zones

Export Finance Fund

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food
    17.7%
  • Textile Mills & Products
    13.4%
  • Transportation Equipment
    11.8%
  • Fabricated Metals
    6.5%
  • Chemicals
    5.5%
  • Plastics and Rubber Products
    5.5%
  • Paper Products
    5.4%
  • Wood Products
    4.2%
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
    4.1%
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
    4.1%
  • Computer & Electronic Products
    3.0%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    10.0%