07 Jan 2021
In a year unlike any other, I could not be more proud of the Peach State or the hardworking Georgians who call it home. Businesses and Georgians alike have confronted immense and unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have once again proven why Georgia remains the No. 1 state to do business. This year, both Site Selection magazine and Area Development magazine recognized Georgia as the top state for business – the eighth and seventh year respectively, both publications have awarded us the top ranking.
Throughout this year, Georgia has shattered its own economic development records. In October, I had the pleasure of announcing that more than 10,000 jobs were created across all regions of the state during the first quarter of the fiscal year. Compared to the same quarter last fiscal year, this represents a 50% increase in new jobs and an 85% increase in new investments.
Since the beginning of fiscal year 2021, we’ve secured $4.4 billion in expansions and new project investments. Having the opportunity to talk about these positive numbers and awards is an honor – one that we must not take for granted. They show that the work we do to improve Georgians’ livelihoods is working, and it is translating into jobs and opportunities for the citizens we serve together.
Georgia has spent years developing strong partnerships – right here in the state and around the world – and investing in an economic infrastructure that can weather tough conditions and circumstances. This year, that infrastructure continues to be tested by the pan-demic. ECG’s partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Allies, and other state agencies, has remained critical to our efforts to protect lives and livelihoods and maintain Georgia’s position as the best state in the nation to live, work, raise a family, and start a business.
On behalf of the people of Georgia, thank you to our local economic development partners, the Georgia General Assembly, city officials, small business owners, and all of those who represent and keep Georgia on their minds. Working together, we will continue to invest in education, workforce development, and innovative partnerships so we can create great possibilities and opportunities for the Peach State now and in the days ahead.
Governor Brian Kemp
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