Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
In the past five years, Georgia has made communities safer, provided for infrastructure improvements, driven workforce development, generated a better business environment and created jobs. Together with all levels of government, business leaders and citizens, we have implemented innovative tax reform that incentivizes business growth, passed smart-on-crime criminal justice reform, saved the HOPE Scholarship and created new educational opportunities for generations to come. We have come a long way, and are still climbing confidently onward toward a better tomorrow.
Since 2011, Georgians have witnessed the creation of approximately 397,000 private-sector jobs, balanced and frugal budgets, the implementation of pro-business and pro-family tax policies and a huge influx of companies. This is not the product of mere luck; it is the result of the diligence, cooperation and innovation within the public and private sectors. Our state, much like its people, is resilient.
Our competitiveness is a dynamic, complex combination of factors that includes our top-ranked workforce and transportation and logistics infrastructure.