Georgia Named Top State for Business for Fifth Consecutive Year


Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Governor Nathan Deal, joined Area Development publisher and president Dennis J. Shea, to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.

“I am proud that Georgia has once again been named the top state for business by Area Development, as this coveted distinction reflects the resilience and strength of our pro-business environment,” said Deal. “We are committed to investing in our workforce and transportation infrastructure so that companies looking to relocate or expand will have Georgia on their mind today and in the future.Thanks to our low-tax structure, technology infrastructure and gateways to global commerce, including our expansive ports system, Georgia is the home of leading manufacturers, innovative technology companies, film companies, growing small businesses, international firms and industries of all kinds.

“Behind this ranking are hundreds of thousands of jobs for Georgia families and billions of dollars of meaningful investment in our communities. As we celebrate the successes of this past year and look toward a new year of promise and opportunity, I’m looking forward to the relocations, expansions, improvements and hard work that will keep Georgia No. 1 in every respect. I’m confident that our highly skilled workforce and collaborative economic development initiatives will ensure that Georgia remains the best place for businesses of all industries and sizes to find opportunity in the years to come.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson attributes this accomplishment to strong leadership and Georgia’s partnership approach to economic development. The Henry County Development Authority is proud to be among the state and local partners who work to bring investment and job opportunities to the state and to Henry County. Since 2016, the following companies have selected Henry to either locate or expand their operations:

  • Home Depot
  • DCI
  • Medline
  • Tory Burch
  • Wayfair
  • Luxottica
  • Burris Logistics
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • S&S Activewear
  • United States Cold Storage
  • Hydro Systems
  • KL Outdoors
  • De Wafelbakkers

 Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development