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U.S. Legislative, Incentives, & Economic Development Policies Update

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Q1 2016)
Growing companies need to be aware of the many changes states are making to their incentives policies. More

Investing in Workforce Benefits Employers and Their Communities

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce Q4 2015)
Training provided by a state or community is valuable in bringing a workforce up to speed, but so is the creation of a “culture of learning” in an individual company. More

Data Center Demand Emerges Throughout New Locations in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)
Data centers are key economic drivers in markets within which they operate, and operators have looked to be more efficient with their locations, expanding into regions with more flexible utility costs, incentives packages or lower taxes. More

Regional Report: Diverse Industries Reflect Economic Gains in the South-Atlantic

Mark Crawford (Directory 2016)
A region that gets its pro-business message across, the South Atlantic’s growth in manufacturing, Information technology, and life sciences has moved beyond big cities to its smaller metro areas as well. More

Incentives for Advanced Manufacturing: Out of Step with the Times

Dan Emerson (Q4 2015)
Automation and other process improvements have drastically reduced the number of workers needed to achieve a given level of productivity. Have state governments that use tax breaks and other inducements to attract industrial projects updated their incentives to reflect these changing times? Conversations with site selection consultants and state officials paint a varied picture. More

Georgia Once Again Leads the 2015 Top States for Doing Business

Mark Crawford (Q3 2015)
An attractive business environment, quality labor pool, and well developed infrastructure are among the shared advantages of those states ranked by the location consultants as the top choices for business. More

North American Seaport Outlook: Potential Shift in Ports of Call

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)
JLL’s research reveals that, although the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will remain the primary U.S. gateways, Gulf and Eastern Seaboard ports are anticipated to capture even more West Coast discretionary cargo when the new Panama Canal opens next year. More

Location Notebook: TVA Hitching Its Wagon to the Auto Industry

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Q3 2015)
TVA is driving to make automotive manufacturing the cornerstone of the region. More

GEORGIA at a glance

POPULATION: 9,992,167 (2013 U.S. Census estimate)

LABOR FORCE: 4,767,323 (2013 annual average, Source: GA Dept. of Labor, Workforce Information & Analysis, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Unit)

RIGHT TO WORK: yes

STRATEGIC INDUSTRIES:Advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, health sciences and advanced technology, business and financial services, logistics, energy, defense, agribusiness, food processing, film, music, digital entertainment, tourism

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over with BA or higher) 28.9%

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 (including on manufacturing machinery & equipment, primary material handling equipment, and energy used in manufacturing)

Inventory tax exemptions

Hiring assistance (Georgia Dept. of Labor)

Quick Start (employee training)

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
    17.2%
  • Textile Mills & Products
    12.6%
  • Transportation Equipment
    12.8%
  • Fabricated Metals
    7.3%
  • Chemicals
    5.4%
  • Plastics and Rubber Products
    5.5%
  • Paper Products
    5.1%
  • Wood Products
    4.4%
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 1st Quarter 2014, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages