ATLANTA – November 5, 2018 – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for six consecutive years under leadership by the same governor.

“For six years now, Georgia’s business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation, as people from all over the country have come to our communities to find opportunity, jobs, hope and prosperity,” said Deal. “Earning this distinction six consecutive times speaks to the immense strength of our business-friendly environment and the value of the strategic investments we’ve made across our state. Today’s announcement is the result of exceptional collaboration between public and private sector partners who create economic opportunities in Georgia’s communities, as well as conservative policies that attract more and more business to our state each year. I appreciate Site Selection once again recognizing Georgia with this honor and we are proud of the foundation that we have built and maintained for over half a decade.

“Here in Georgia, we have truly cultivated an economic environment that rewards hard work and innovation, generates investments in local communities and improves the overall quality of life for families. We have not been content to rest on our laurels, as we’ve cut taxes and made even deeper investments in our workforce since first earning this distinction. We are proud to be the No. 1 state for business and as we look to the future, Georgia will continue to take the steps necessary to attract industry leaders from around the world and help homegrown small businesses succeed. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve Georgia as governor as we’ve led the nation in economic development and I look forward to Georgia retaining its position as an exceptional place to do business, work, learn, and call home for many years to come.”

“As the economic hub of the South, Fulton County acts as a key driver in making sure Georgia’s business environment is second to none,” said Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “Fulton County has succeeded in landing a number of relocations and new headquarter projects in the past year that has helped Georgia to retain its standing at the top of the best for business list.”

Each November, Site Selection releases rankings for the top states in which to do business. Site Selection’s business climate rankings are based on a survey of corporate real estate executives and site consultants and an index consisting of tax burden criteria from the Tax Foundation and KPMG’s Location Matters analysis and qualifying projects resident in the Conway Projects Database, which tracks new and expanded business facility activity worldwide. Georgia has been ranked among the top 10 states throughout the last decade and has held the top spot for the last five years.

 “Fulton County is proud of our on-going partnership with the state and thrilled to be a part of the celebration surrounding this monumental achievement,” said Al Nash, CEO of the Development Authority of Fulton County. “Our economic future, at both the county and state levels, looks brighter than ever!”

Select Fulton is Fulton County’s Economic Development initiative, launched in 2016, bringing together the expertise of the Development Authority of Fulton County, a professional Economic Development team, and WorkSource Fulton. Learn more at Selection, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 48,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online. The publication also publishes or co-publishes e-newsletters, including The Site Selection Dispatch, Life Sciences Report, Aerospace Report and Energy Report, Site Selection International, The FDI Report, and the OnSITE Travel blog.

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