Atlanta, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)
Prior to a tour of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Gwinnett County on September 1st, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has been named the “Top State for Doing Business” for the seventh year in a row by Area Development. The executive publication’s annual poll of nearly fifty leading site consulting firms from across the U.S. weighs thirteen different factors to make this determination. In addition to Top State, Georgia earned a No. 1 ranking in the category of cooperative and responsive state government.
“This seventh consecutive Top State award is a powerful testament to the fundamental strength of Georgia’s economy, even in these challenging times,” said Governor Kemp. “After all of these years, it’s abundantly clear that Georgia remains the epicenter for job growth, economic development, and investment because of strong, conservative leadership. But make no mistake about it, this ranking is because of the hardworking Georgians who work tirelessly to create opportunities and build success in their communities.”
“From advanced manufacturing to leading-edge cyber innovation, we are proud to work with job creators to secure mutual success and a brighter future for Georgia. Moving forward, we will work around the clock to keep our state government streamlined, responsive, and business-friendly, and there is no doubt this ranking will help to strengthen our economic recovery as we protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians,” said Kemp.
“Today’s announcement confirms that our work to lower taxes and ease burdensome regulations is attracting businesses and jobs to Georgia,” said Speaker David Ralston. “Being the best state in the nation for business means more opportunities for our children and grandchildren. It is a designation we are proud to hold and one which we will continue to earn every day. My thanks to our partners in this effort in the public and private sectors. Together, we will keep Georgia the envy of the nation.”
“Georgia began 2020 in its strongest economic position in generations. I am proud that our state continues to be the number one state to do business, and will work to ensure we remain the best place to live, work, and grow,” said Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan. “The leadership of this state dedicates endless time and energy to make certain that Georgia boasts a climate that welcomes companies large and small, whether it’s FinTech, agriculture, or any business imaginable. Georgia is the world’s destination for commerce.”
Area Development’s 2020 Top States for Doing Business results reflect the rankings that states receive based on weighted scores in the following categories: overall cost of doing business, cooperative and responsive state government, favorable regulatory environment, business incentives, workforce development programs, competitive labor environment, speed of permitting, logistics and infrastructure, available real estate, energy availability and costs, site readiness programs, corporate tax environment, and access to capital and projects. Georgia ranked No. 1 in 10 of the thirteen categories and placed in the top five in the other three categories.