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Georgia, 'a leader in the global marketplace': Gov. Deal

When I ran for governor, I vowed that I would work every day to make Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business. Last year Site Selection magazine named Georgia the best for business and, more recently, tapped our state as the most competitive in the nation.

These rankings are a testament to the commitment from Georgia businesses, communities, our economic development partners and the people of Georgia. As more and more people see Georgia's successes and consider it for an expansion or relocation, I think more rankings will put Georgia on top.

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The primary building block of Georgia's business climate is our highly skilled workforce. Georgia ranks No. 1 in workforce development and has one of the largest university systems in the U.S., housing more than 50,000 annual graduates from 31 public colleges and universities.

Our exceptional workforce training model, Georgia Quick Start, has trained more than 1 million Georgians and continues to be one of our greatest economic development resources. Quick Start allows our technical schools to work directly with employers to fill jobs that require particular skills.

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Georgia has a solid and seamlessly connected logistics infrastructure. We are home to the world's busiest passenger airport and a top-ranked international air cargo hub, the fourth-busiest container terminal in the nation, two Class 1 railroads and six major interstate highways. In fact, you can reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two hours by air or two days by road.

We are not only seeing an increase in jobs and investment opportunities from domestic companies, but for the fourth consecutive year, we have experienced a record increase in both exports and imports. Georgia is now the 11th-largest exporting state. Based on this ranking, we know that Georgia companies are pursuing international markets and that international companies are looking to us for business opportunities.

In March we broke ground on the brand-new Georgia BioScience Training Center, signifying our commitment to supporting the growing life sciences industry. By investing our resources in our people, we are creating a world-class global infrastructure for the health-care and life science industries.

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A cornerstone of the state's economy—the floor-covering industry—is in the midst of a resurgence, with thousands of new jobs to be created over the next few years. Not only have we had record-breaking results in terms of our business retention and recruitment efforts, but Georgia's tourism industry has generated the largest economic impact on record, with $53.6 billion in 2013.

"Resources such as comprehensive corporate incentives and job tax credits help drive the expansion of existing industries and attract new business to Georgia."

Resources such as comprehensive corporate incentives and job tax credits help drive the expansion of existing industries and attract new business to Georgia.

The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act has put Georgia at the epicenter for film and television productions. New rankings place Georgia third in the U.S. and fifth in the world in terms of feature-film production.

The sales-and-use tax exemption on energy used in manufacturing has distinguished us from our competition and is supporting a resurgence in the manufacturing sector—particularly for existing manufacturing facilities in Georgia.

These are exciting times for Georgia, and my goal is to maintain our status as a leader in the global marketplace.

—By Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

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