Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Site Selection magazine has selected Georgia as being the top state in the country in terms of business climate.
"Making Georgia the premier state in the nation for business has been a strategic goal from day one of my administration," Deal said. "We have worked hard to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate business needs not only today, but in the future.
Achieving this national recognition means we are on the right track and reminds us of the importance of continuing to strive for excellence in all we do."
Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend said Georgia has been a regular high finisher. "Executives at companies investing there regularly point to its many logistics advantages, cutting-edge workforce training programs, particularly Quick Start, and proactive economic developers on the state and local levels who understand the business requirements of today's capital investors."
The magazine's annual ranking comes out each November and its research is based in part on a survey of corporate real estate executives and an index of tax burden criteria.
Georgia was fourth last year.