Is Georgia getting bang for its economic development bucks?
Application by Emily Merwin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Source: AJC analysis of Georgia Department of Community Affairs files
Every year, the state awards millions of dollars in “deal-closing” grants to entice companies to create jobs in Georgia. But an AJC investigation reveals the program is only partially successful. About half the projects the AJC analyzed since 2002 didn’t reach the full number of jobs promised. Though the state has had its share of duds, there have been some coups. Here are the top 10 companies that received grants and either followed through in jobs promised or exceeded the goal:
The jobs information below reflects the total recorded by state officials at the time the grant files were officially closed.
A complete list of companies that received state economic grants since 2002 – and if they met their goals -- is available on our subscriber site, MyAJC.com. You can see it by clicking here.