1.What policies have
attracted so many new businesses to your state?
talk to CEO’s and small businessmen about what attracted them to
they always mention three attributes.
First, they talk about our talented
Georgia is the home to world-class universities
Georgia, Georgia Tech,
and many others.
is also home to major research organizations like the Centers for Disease
Control. In fact, the
region ranks 1st in the nation for growth in highly-educated people
ages 25-34. In addition to higher education we’ve established a program, Georgia Work Ready, that provides job
training and certification to individuals and communities. Georgia
Work Ready takes the nationally recognized Work Keys and adds a graduation
requirement for a community to be certified.This results in a stronger
relationship between high schools and the community’s technical colleges to
ensure students are ready for the workplace. Once they test to a certain
level businesses know that a community has a talented workforce that will be
valuable to their company. In addition, the Quick Start program, run by
our technical college system, has provided customized training to more than
700,000 Georgians in the last 30 years.
Second, they mention our strategic
Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport,
Savannah is home to the nation’s fastest growing
port and we have an extensive highway and rail network. Together they
make 80 percent of the
market reachable in a 2-hour flight or 2-day truck haul. Whether it’s
getting goods to market or executives to meetings, Georgia is second to none.
Third, they talk about our
favorable business climate.
Georgia has kept our taxes low and we have
instituted significant tort reform. As a result,
Georgia wins a multitude of
business awards each year. For example we’ve consistently been ranked one of
the top states to do business in by Forbes Magazine, and this year
first in the nation in entrepreneurial activity.