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.